Mar 02, 2022
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Legislative leaders in the House and Senate have found common ground on a plan to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults
Yesterday, Rep. Scott Slater and Sen. Josh Miller, along with many cosponsors in the House and Senate, formally introduced a pair of identical bills (S 2430 and H 7593) to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults 21 and older in Rhode Island.
The long-awaited legislation is the product of many months of discussions among top lawmakers in the state, including Senate President Dominic Ruggerio and Speaker of the House Joseph Shekarchi, who have both indicated they believe this to be the year Rhode Island joins 18 other states with adult-use cannabis legalization laws. The first committee hearing on the bill is expected to be scheduled toward the end of this month.
The legislation would:
A comprehensive summary of the proposal can be found here, while the full text of the measure can be found here.
Stay tuned for more updates as the pair of bills progress through the legislative process!