Bill To Legalize Marijuana in RI Introduced
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Bill To Legalize Marijuana in RI Introduced
Posted by CN Staff on February 13, 2014 at 05:38:29 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Rhode Island -- Legislation was introduced on Wednesday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and the establishment of a system that will regulate and tax the drug like liquor sales.The bill is sponsored by Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and Edith H. Ajello, D-Providence, chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation, if it becomes law, would bar anyone under the age of 21 from possessing marijuana. Those of age would be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow no more than two mature marijuana plants in "an enclosed locked space.''
Ajello said that a maximum of 10 marijuana stores statewide would be allowed to sell the drug."Smoking in public would continue to be illegal,'' as well as driving under the influence of marijuana or selling it to anyone under the age of 21, she said. "I do not encourage or promote marijuana use.''This is the fourth consecutive year that legislation has been introduced to legalize and regulate marijuana. The move does not come as a surprise as Rhode Island has the nation's highest unemployment rate, 9.1 percent, and lawmakers are searching for more sources of income for the state.Miller said that the state "desperately needs new revenue sources,'' while Ajello said taxes from marijuana sales could generate "tens of millions of dollars,'' for Rhode Island. The legislation calls for an excise tax of up to $50 per ounce on transferring marijuana from the grower to a retail store and a special 10 percent tax on retail sales of the drug.Among the sign-carrying supporters on hand was Brett Smiley, a Democratic candidate for mayor of Providence. SnippedComplete Article: UniverserSource: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author: W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published: February 12, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by mahakal on September 24, 2014 at 20:41:25 PT:
Compassion for Rhode Island
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Comment #2 posted by Oleg the Tumor on February 13, 2014 at 15:41:59 PT:
Rhode Island has this reputation . . .
Old joke from the '70s: "How bad is the economy in Rhode Island?"A: "Its so bad that the Mob just had to lay off three judges in Providence!"But technically, this is good news. Let the States compete with each other. The last time around, it was about casino gambling. Don't expect the States that were late to that party sit on their hands again.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 13, 2014 at 06:49:19 PT
Their motives are screwy and the proposal should be more realistic but it's a step forward.We are (almost) no longer taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back. We are only going forward.
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