Drug Arrest Could Set Precedent in RI

'PROVIDENCE -- Orlando Martino has been in and out of jail a half dozen times in the last 15 years, mostly for drug possession; once for selling illegal drugs to an undercover police officer and another time, for resisting arrest after the police chased him and wrestled him to the ground.

In late October , a doctor at a Providence health clinic checked off a box on Martino’s application for a “medical marijuana card” that said he needed marijuana to “mitigate the symptoms” of a chronic and debilitating medical condition. '

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  1. "Our nation can acknowledge the dangers of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana while still permitting their use. The only logically and morally consistent argument for marijuana prohibition necessitates the criminalization of all harmful recreational drugs, including alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. We can agree that such an infringement on personal freedoms is as impractical as it is un-American. The time has come to accept that our nation's attitude toward marijuana has been misguided for generations and that the only rational approach to cannabis is to legalize, regulate and tax it."
    Dr. Nathan, a psychiatrist in Princeton, N.J., is a clinical assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.