Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Introduced in Rhode Island
Legislation to legalize recreational cannabis was formally introduced today in Rhode Island.
The proposal, sponsored by Senator Josh Miller, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and Representative Edith H. Ajello, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, would legalize the possession, private cultivation and sales of cannabis for those 21 and older.
Under the proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to two plants, would be legal for anyone 21 and older; state-licensed cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute cannabis.
The measure would establish a $50-per-ounce tax rate on cannabis (from grower to retailer), in addition to a 10% tax on sales.
According to polling released late last month, 53% of those in Rhode Island support the legalization of cannabis, with 41% opposed.