Rhode Island Could Become The Next Legal State


It’s been a busy week for cannabis activists in the northeast. Connecticut’s Governor signed legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis and now Rhode Island seems to be falling in line as well. With time running out on the state’s regular legislative session, the Senate has approved a bill to legalize the possession, purchase, and cultivation of cannabis for personal use for adults 21 and older. The law was originally introduced in March and amended last week by the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee. “This is a significant milestone. After roughly a decade of public discussion and debate in Rhode Island, this is the first time a legislative chamber in the General Assembly has voted on a bill to legalize cannabis for adults,” said Jared Moffat, state campaigns manager for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Polls have long shown that a majority of Rhode Islanders support ending marijuana prohibition, and now we’re closer than ever to getting the job done. Senate leaders deserve tremendous credit for their work on this important issue. Now it is time for the House to act and ensure that a cannabis legalization bill is sent to Gov. McKee’s desk before the clock runs out in the regular legislative session.” Similar to surrounding states, the amended version of S 568 will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. The measure would also facilitate the expungement of past convictions involving up to two ounces of marijuana possession. In addition to that, the law will create a Cannabis Control Commission to regulate the legal cannabis market, tax adult-use cannabis sales at 20%, and establish a social equity program to support communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization. “Rhode Island is an island of prohibition in a sea…

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