Activists try again to get Rhode Island to legalize marijuana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Activists are hoping a new administration focused on creating jobs will see the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity to do exactly that.

The head of Regulate Rhode Island says a system to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol would create hundreds of jobs and bring in new revenue.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has repeatedly said creating jobs is a top priority.

Raimondo spokeswoman Marie Aberger says the governor believes if there’s a way to legalize marijuana with proper regulations so Rhode Islanders don’t get hurt, then it’s something lawmakers should look at.

House and Senate bills to end the state’s marijuana prohibition are expected to be introduced Thursday. A similar measure stalled last year.
State Sen. Louis DiPalma says it’s the wrong policy.

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