There aren’t many states left in the United States that haven’t legalized marijuana. While those that have already legalized cannabis have been reaping the benefits this infant industry is bringing towards them, those that haven’t, are likely to join the club soon. States like Rhode Island are right on the verge of getting marijuana legalized.
State legislators in Rhode Island, especially those that advocate the use of marijuana, are looking forward to having it legalized. They are claiming that they are backed up by enough support that can assist them in having the bill passed in their favor. This is all subject to whether the issue is put up for voting in the General Assembly, which is essentially controlled and dominated by the Democrats.
Representative Scott Slater is an advocate of marijuana legalization and a Providence Democrat. He recently said that it is important for the state to take action this year as it will lead Rhode Island to adopt a new tax revenue source prior to the establishment of retail cannabis stores in Massachusetts. It will also allow the implementation of regulations regarding marijuana in Rhode Island to be made prior to the opening of retail stores for cannabis across the border. Scott said,
“We’ll definitely be able to beat Massachusetts to the punch,” “They seem to keep delaying it.”
According to Scott, taxing cannabis plants and regulating them is something Rhode Island has already succeeded in doing. Therefore, allowing recreational marijuana is likely to be an easier step moving forward.
States like Alaska, Washington, and Colorado have long approved recreational marijuana use. Such states were recently joined by Massachusetts, Maine, and California where voters approved the recreational use. However, unlike all of these states, Massachusetts is yet to open marijuana shops which are expected to open by the mid of next year.
There hasn’t been any voting in Rhode Island regarding the legalization of marijuana yet. It is only possible if the top legislative leaders allow it. This voting is in the hands of people like Nicholas Mattiello who is a Democratic House Speaker.
Many people are concerned about the bill’s details. It is not known how edible cannabis products will be regulated in the state. The support surely does look firm in marijuana’s favor. Dominick Ruggerio, Democratic Senate President, as well as the Democratic Governor, Gina Raimondo, are both in favor of cannabis legalization. In fact, Ruggerio is even co-sponsoring the legalization bill—#420— in the Senate.
Those who stand against it are not staying idle either. Peter Kilmartin—a Democratic Attorney—gathered opponents of marijuana legalization last month. He and his followers say that the legalization of cannabis can pose serious concerns regarding the health and safety of the public. The advocates of Marijuana, on the other hand, believe that the drug will be beneficial for patients suffering from critical illnesses. It is evident that this year, both the parties—in favor and against—have begun constructing lobbies at the State House. However, if the polling takes place, it is widely believed that cannabis will become legalized in Rhode Island.
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