Rhode Island committee postpones recreational marijuana recommendation

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The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island hit a snag when a state commission delayed until next year issuing a recommendation that could have advanced the adult-use issue.

The commission – a group of medical marijuana patients, clinicians and law enforcement officials that was formed in June – won’t release a recommendation on whether to legalize recreational cannabis in the state until 2019, Providence TV station WPRI reported.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The commission, which has met four times since October, was expected to release its findings to lawmakers March 1.
  • A spokesman for the House speaker said that even though the commission delayed making a recommendation, adult-use legalization isn’t officially dead for the year. Legislation could still theoretically be passed this year, he told WPRI.
  • There are bills in both the state House and Senate to extend the panel’s work.
  • In January, the governor made a push to expand Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program for 2019.