Rhode Island becomes latest New England state to consider legalizing marijuana

A special legislative commission is looking into the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island as the state’s northern neighbor readies to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Bills to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island have stalled in previous legislative sessions. The General Assembly agreed in June to look into the issue further by creating the commission, which met for the first time Oct. 25.

Voters in Massachusetts approved legalizing the adult use of recreational marijuana in November. Massachusetts officials have been cautious about the rollout and sales have been delayed.

Democratic state Sen. Joshua Miller has sponsored legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island. He said he’s concerned Rhode Island will miss out on tax revenue and economic development from allowing sales if the state waits too long and residents get used to buying marijuana in Massachusetts. He said he’d like to craft new legislation...

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