Rhode Island governor calls for delay in legalizing rec marijuana

A state that industry watchers have predicted would be among the next to legalize recreational marijuana – Rhode Island – appears to have hit a speed bump when it comes to legalization.

Rhode Island’s governor is calling on lawmakers to delay passing legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee saying they should instead support legislation to create a 15-member study commission to make recommendations to lawmakers by March 1, 2018.

The letter is signed by the heads of the state health department, business regulation department and department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals, the Providence Journal reported.

Legalization proponents in the legislature have argued the state was in a position to legalize rec MJ and have an industry in place before adult-use shops in neighboring Massachusetts opened their doors.

MJ advocates complain the study commission bill is a delay tactic.

Raimondo has in the past spoken against edibles that could be marketed to children, but she was considered open to adult-use legalization

– Staff and wire reports

4 comments on “Rhode Island governor calls for delay in legalizing rec marijuana
  1. Deaconknowgood on

    “Marketing to children”, a cheap, weak, foot-dragging excuse for a tactic to delay the evitable. What is she going to do; set up road blocks on traffic coming from Massachusetts? Raimondo has no idea of the tidal wave coming.

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    • Earl J. Smike on

      I respectfully disagree. We all know it’s a tidal wave. That’s exactly why she’s being cautious. The present bill needs tweaking, and she’s trying to speed up the improvements to it by applying pressure via publicity. The bill delays all edibles for one year and also prohibits advertising, both good provisions. But the bill also calls for retail sales to occur only at the three compassion centers. That is totally inadequate for the coming demand. Those facilities would be overrun. Imagine the traffic on opening day.

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  2. Deaconknowgood on

    “Marketing to children”, a cheap, weak, foot-dragging excuse for a tactic to delay the evitable. What is she going to do; set up road blocks on traffic coming from Massachusetts? Raimondo has no idea of the tidal wave coming.

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