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NEW: RI to Introduce Bill for Marijuana Regulation + Taxation

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 

Just weeks after Massachusetts announced the approval for its first 20 medical marijuana dispensaries, neighboring Rhode Island is introducing a bill to regulate and tax marijuana.

On Wednesday Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D) are expected to announce the introduction of legislation they will sponsor to regulate and tax marijuana much like alcohol.

Representative Ajello, chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Miller, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, will be joined by advocates from Regulate Rhode Island and the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference Wednesday afternoon on the first floor of the Rhode Island State House.

Joining them will be Dr. David Lewis, founder of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University; former Providence police officer Beth Comery; and former Warren High School teacher Pat Smith.

Michelle McKenzie, Senior Policy Director at Miriam Hospital, will also be available for questions following the announcement.
 

 

Related Slideshow: Marijuana Use in the New England States

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6. Maine

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 12.45%

Possession Laws: Decriminalized (2.5 ounces or less)

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5. Connecticut

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 12.50%

Possession Laws: Decriminalized (less than 0.5 ounce)

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4. Massachusetts

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 14.19%

Possession Laws: Decriminalized (1.0 ounce or less)

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3. New Hampshire

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 14.60%

Possession Laws: Medical Use Only

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2. Rhode Island

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 14.85%

Possession Laws: Decriminalized (1.0 ounce or less)

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1. Vermont

Percent of respondents who used marijuana in the past year: 14.9 %

Possession Laws: Decriminalized (1.0 ounce or less)

 
 

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