Rhode Island Legislature Passes Measure Establishing Marijuana Study Commission

A commission designed to study the potential impact of legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island would be established under legislation approved by the state’s full legislature.

Yesterday Rhode Island’s Senate gave approval to House Bill 5551, roughly two weeks after it was approved 67 to 2 in the state’s House of Representatives. The proposal would establish a 19-person commission which purpose is to “conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations regarding marijuana and the effects of its use on the residents of Colorado and Washington to the extent available, and to study the fiscal impact to those states; and thereafter the potential impact on Rhode Island.”

According to House Bill 5551, the commission “shall report its findings and results to the General Assembly on or before March 1, 2018, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2018”. The 19-person committee shall consist of;

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