MARIJUANA: Rhode Island Lawmakers Propose Adult-Use Cannabis Bill
As of a few months ago, not one state on the east coast had made marijuana legal for adult use — now we have two. Massachusetts and Maine made history in November by passing adult-use legislation, effectively putting surrounding New England states on the clock.
Enter Rhode Island, where lawmakers submitted the Cannabis Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act yesterday. The proposed bill, spearheaded by State Senator Joshua Miller (D-Providence) and State Representative Scott Slater (D-Providence), would legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21.
Connecticut and Rhode Island, in particular, face a unique challenge in that they are in such close proximity to Massachusetts that it is not outside the realm of possibility to imagine residents from the non-legalized states making a short trip over the border to acquire their cannabis. This practice was commonplace in Connecticut, where ancient alcohol restrictions made it illegal to purchase after 9 p.m. or on Sunday.[…]
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