Rhode Island Senate leaders to introduce bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Legislation to legalize recreational cannabis will be introduced in the Senate Tuesday afternoon according to a press release from the Rhode Island Senate. Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey and Senator Joshua Miller have collaborated for several months, at the request of President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio, to develop the legislation.

Bills to legalize marijuana have been introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly every year since 2011, but have to date been “held for further study” with no action. Marijuana has been legal statewide for medical use, within state regulations, since 2006.

Rhode Island would be the 4th New England state and 15th state overall to legalize recreational marijuana.

More details to come later Tuesday afternoon.

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