R.I. legislation to end marijuana prohibition to be introduced soon
State Representative Edith Ajello (D – Providence) and state Senator Josh Miller (D –Cranston) are currently reaching out to their colleagues to ask them to sign on to their proposal to replace Rhode Island’s marijuana prohibition with a system that regulates marijuana for adults’ use. Email your state representative and senator today and ask them to sign on to this bill as a cosponsor!
The Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act is similar to the laws that voters approved in Colorado and Washington in 2012. The proposal would allow individuals 21 and older to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. It also directs the Department of Revenue to license and regulate marijuana producers and retail marijuana stores. This sensible approach to marijuana would create new industries with new jobs and raise needed revenue for the state. It would also allow law enforcement focus on more serious crimes.
This legislation has a real chance of becoming law this year but, for that to happen, legislators need to hear that their constituents care about this issue. Ask your lawmakers to cosponsor this important legislation, and then ask your friends and family in the Ocean State to do the same.
Robert J. Capecchi
Deputy Director of State Policies
Marijuana Policy Project