Rhode Island Senate, House Lawmakers Align on Cannabis Legalization; Votes Expected

Rhode Island Senate, House Lawmakers Align on Cannabis Legalization; Votes Expected
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<![CDATA[As 2022 legislative sessions have ended for roughly half of state legislatures in the U.S., adult-use cannabis legalization proposals have remained unfinished business.   Rhode Island is on course to change that. House and Senate lawmakers sponsoring companion legislation—Senate Bill 2430 and House Bill 7593—that aims to legalized the sale and possession of up to 1 ounces of cannabis for those 21 and older, unveiled a key amendment May 17 that they say will move their efforts forward with committee votes this week and full-chamber votes next week. While Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Scott A. Slater—both Democrats—introduced their legislation March 1, the latest version announced Tuesday includes a provision to provide automatic expungement for previous cannabis convictions. Specifically, those with any prior civil violation, misdemeanor or felony conviction for possession of cannabis that would be decriminalized by the bill would receive expungement free of charge and without a hearing. In addition, their amendment would push back the launch date for commercial adult-use sales to Dec. 1—two months after originally proposed. Also, their latest proposal would eliminate the current registration fees charged to patients and caregivers in Rhode Island’s medical cannabis program. Based on committee testimonies and debate since their March 1 introduction, Miller and Slater said they anticipate their underlying legislation and proposed amendment to gain approval in the House Finance and Senate Judiciary committees May 18, before full-floor considerations in each chamber ensue on May 24. “I’m proud that everyone involved—the advocates, the existing industry, patients, legislative leaders and the governor’s office—worked very cooperatively to smooth out the bumps and create a proposal that works for all the stakeholders,” Miller said in a press release. “We all wanted to do this in a way that is safe, keeps revenue in Rhode Island, and is as fair and equitable…

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