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.
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