A five-alarm fire this week at a building that housed the headquarters of a cannabis association in Rhode Island - among other businesses - now has at least one state official worried about the safety of marijuana cultivation operations.
Lawmakers across the country are introducing bills to legalize medical or recreational cannabis at the state level this year, galvanizing marijuana advocacy groups and sparking hopes that the industry is poised for yet another expansion.
Legislative support for Rhode Island’s proposed law to legalize recreational cannabis is growing, according to the bill’s sponsor. However, election-year realities may delay the bill’s passage to 2015.
State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) said that 29 members of Rhode Island’s House of Representatives have