Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill On Way To Governor Following Senate Approval And Imminent House Vote

Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Bill On Way To Governor Following Senate Approval And Imminent House Vote
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The Rhode Island Senate approved a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in the state, and a House of Representatives vote on an identical companion measure is expected imminently. Lawmakers in both chambers recently unveiled a revised version of the reform proposal following months of negotiations with advocates, stakeholders and the governor’s office. This latest floor action comes less than a week after both bills advanced through the committee process in their respective chambers. The Senate passed the bill, sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller (D), in a 32-6 vote. The House is debating and voting on its version from Rep. Scott Slater (D) on Tuesday as well, after which point the identical measures will still need to clear the procedural step of being transmitted to the opposite chamber for another round of floor votes before being sent to Gov. Daniel McKee (D). The bill would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants (only three of which could be mature) for personal use. It was revised from its original form to address certain concerns about equity, regulatory responsibility and more before advancing to votes. Slater said during a floor debate that the legislation “represents a solid platform to launch the legalization and sale of cannabis for adult use in Rhode Island,” though he recognized that it’s “not going to please everyone or meet everyone’s need.” “Frankly, no bill could do that. So in the many years it has taken to get this bill to this point, we have learned from other states that legalized cannabis, and we know that they too must address issues each year and modify the original statute to address new issues that occur,” he said. “We will be no different.” Miller, for his…

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