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Rhode Island Submits MMJ Bill

Remember when we told you that Rhode Island smokes the most weed?  Well, the state has recently submitted a bill to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol.  The bill will legalize recreational use of marijuana and create a legal retail market in the state.  If passed, the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act will allow those 21 years and older to grow one mature marijuana plant and possess up to one ounce of cannabis.  

State Senator Joshua Miller stated, “It’s time to regulate and tax marijuana in Rhode Island and treat it similarly to how we treat alcohol.  Marijuana prohibition is an ineffective and wasteful policy, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer. The legislature is perfectly capable of creating a system that will work for Rhode Island."  The Democrat and chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is for the establishment of dispensaries and grow facilities.

The state legalized medical marijuana in 2006 and allows state residents to register and obtain marijuana use cards from the Rhode Island Department of Health.  It wasn't until 2013 that Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill that reduced the penalties for marijuana possession.  However, with the submission of this new bill, things are looking up for the state with the most amount of herbalists per capita.