Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization: Bill to Legalize Weed Could Go to Vote in 2016

As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, Rhode Island could very well be one of the next states to go green. Experts say the state is among several that may end marijuana prohibition in 2016. A bill to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, introduced in the state Legislature in January, will likely be debated next year. 

"Regulating marijuana will take sales out of the underground market and allow authorities to keep tabs on the product," Rep. Scott Slater, Rhode Island state House sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act, said in March, according to the Huffington Post. "In a legal market, products are tested, labeled, and packaged appropriately, and consumers will not be exposed to other more harmful substances. Taxing marijuana will generate tens of millions of dollars in new revenue that can be invested in our communities."

In October, the Marijuana Policy Project reported that a majority of Rhode Islanders support legalization, with...

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