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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-31-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 LINCOLN 19 its anti-marijuana ordinance "at the earliest possible opportunity," noting that it is "in direct violation of state law." The Rhode Island ACLU office said they received a complaint about a zoning ordinance passed in Lincoln four years ago banning "any cultivation of medical marijuana in the town for any reason, including cultivation by patients, caregivers or qualifying cardholder cooperatives." State law specifically allows patients and caregivers to grow marijuana. While it does allow for certain zoning oversight for "cooper- ative cultivators," or the cultivation of marijuana by two or more card- holders, a letter sent to the council by the ACLU says, "there can be no question that the right of patients and caregivers to grow medical mar- ijuana, whether individually or as a cooperative, is statutorily authorized and cannot be overturned by local zoning bans." In July, the ACLU announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed two years ago against the town of Smithfield for an ordinance that they argue "was an attempt to undermine the state's medical marijuana law by imposing significant burdens on patients' access to treatment." Under the settlement, Smithfield agreed to repeal its restrictive ordi- nance that violated the Medical Marijuana Act, and pay $30,000 in attorney fees. The letter from the ACLU to the Lincoln Town Council notes that the scope of Smithfield's cultivation restrictions were less restrictive than Lincoln's. Smithfield's ordinance limited medical marijuana growth to two mature plants and two seedlings, and only at the patient's primary resi- dence. State law allows for the culti- vation of 12 mature plants and out- lines where medical marijuana can be grown. Smithfield also required patients to disclose their identity to a number of municipal authorities, which would undermine their legal right to confidentiality. The ACLU urged the Smithfield Town Council not to adopt its medi- cal marijuana ordinance "because of its adverse impact on local residents suffering from serious illnesses." In Lincoln, marijuana cannot be cultivated in any amount, anywhere. Steven Brown, executive director of the R.I. ACLU, said the organiza- tion is hopeful that the Smithfield settlement will prompt other munici- palities "to think twice before bur- dening patients in their communities with similar onerous restrictions. This is, after all, a medicine for peo- ple with documented illnesses, and municipalities should not be playing doctor." Brown asked Lincoln to take a cue from neighboring Smithfield and rescind its current ordinance, which is in conflict with state law and "causes much harm to patients in Lincoln." Town solicitor Tony DeSisto told The Breeze that the matter is under review. "Lincoln has very restrictive zon- ing regulations when it comes to the cultivation of marijuana," he said. While there is no timeline for reviewing the town's ordinance, DeSisto said he doesn't expect it to take long. ACLU From Page One Library Art Club fall project Wednesday LINCOLN – Girls and boys ages 8-12 are welcome to join the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, for Art Club with the next session taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. Young artists will be painting colorful fall corn. Participants will use bubblewrap to give a textured appearance. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited; registration is required. Visit www.lincolnlibrary. com . Maker Stations every other Saturday at Lincoln Library LINCOLN – Kids ages 4 and older can join the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, for a new program to be held every other Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting on Nov. 2 with the theme being fall. During this time the Children's Program Room will be open for kids to take part in various chal- lenges. Stations will be set up for thematic crafts and other DIY activities. On Nov. 16, the focus will be on Thanksgiving. On Nov. 30, kids can prepare for the Christmas season by visiting the holly jolly activity stations. No registration is required. LIBRARY NEWS Davies hosts Future Student Night Tuesday LINCOLN – Eighth-grade students are invited to attend Future Student Night at William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, 50 Jenckes Hill Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house is an annual opportunity for current 8th grad- ers and their families to tour the school and learn more about how Davies prepares graduates for both college and future careers. Davies is a statewide high school that offers both standards-based academic studies and industry- endorsed technical programs. Visitors will be able to tour all of Davies' technical programs or just focus on the areas of their choosing. Programs offered at Davies include: Automotive Careers, Biomanufacturing Technology, Cosmetology, Electrical and Renewable Energy, Graphics and Interactive Media, Health Careers, Hospitality Careers, Machine Technology, and Pre-Engineering Technology. At Future Student Night, pro- spective students will also be able to register for a date to take an entrance exam, which is an admis- sions requirement for acceptance to Davies. Students who register may sit for an entrance exam on Nov. 16, 23, Dec. 7 or Jan. 11. For questions regarding Future Student Night, contact the Guidance Office at 401-728-1500, ext. 225, or visit www.daviestech. org . Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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