Top Rhode Island Senator Backs Private Marijuana Sales Model As Another Lawmaker Puts 95 Percent Odds On Legalization

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Rhode Island state Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D) was formally re-elected as Senate president this week, and in opening remarks before assembled lawmakers he reiterated his plan to have two Democratic colleagues write a bill to legalize marijuana in the state. “I have asked Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (D) and Chairman Josh Miller (D) to work together to develop a framework to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana,” Ruggerio, who was first elected Senate president in 2017, said in his speech on Tuesday, as lawmakers kicked off the state’s 2021 legislative session. Lawmakers are widely expected to seriously consider a cannabis legalization bill this year. Rep. Karen Alzate (D) told ABC 6 on Tuesday she believes there’s a “good 95 percent chance” the legislature will adopt the change. Details of the plan, however, are still being hammered out. Watch Ruggerio mention marijuana legalization in his speech, around 32:30 into the video below: One key disagreement is over who would control the new industry. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s (D) most recent legalization plan, introduced in a budget plan a year ago, would create a first-of-its-kind state-run cannabis industry, much like how some states have a monopoly on liquor sales. Raimondo said last month the state model “is the most controlled way to do it” and “the way to maximize state revenue.” Every other U.S. state to legalize retail marijuana, meanwhile, has licensed private companies to grow and sell the plant. The governor, who was reported on Thursday to have been selected by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as commerce secretary, was expected to include cannabis legalization in another budget request due in March. It’s not yet known how long she will serve in her current role as her confirmation by the U.S. Senate is pending, and the marijuana views of Lt. Gov. Daniel…

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