Legislation to legalize recreational cannabis will be filed this week in the Rhode Island Legislature according to State Representative Scott Slater (D-Providence), who will file the bill in the House of Representatives, and Senator Joshua Miller (D-Cranston), who will introduce the Senate version of the bill.
The proposals would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, while also allowing for the personal cultivation of small amounts of cannabis. The state-licensed and taxed distribution of cannabis through cannabis retail outlets would also be legalized. These outlets would be supplied by by licensed cultivation centers.
According to polling released last year by Public Policy Polling, 57% of voters in Rhode island support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.