Rhode Island House to Hold a Hearing on the Adult Use of Cannabis Act

Rhode Island House to Hold a Hearing on the Adult Use of Cannabis Act

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On April 11, 2017, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Adult Use of Cannabis Act, a measure that would legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

According to the Providence Journal, the hearing will take place at 5 p.m. ET.

Under the proposed legislation, individuals 21 and older would be able to possess up to five ounces of cannabis at home as well as cultivate up to two cannabis plants. The total number of mature cannabis plants per dwelling unit would be limited to three.

Retail cannabis sales would be taxed at 30% and, according to a report by Regulate Rhode Island, would generate approximately $48.3 million annually in tax revenue by 2020.

The measure would also create the Office of Cannabis Coordination, which would be responsible for coordinating with various state agencies to establish rules and regulations for cannabis sales, cultivation, distribution and processing.

Speaking with the Boston Globe, Rep. Scott Slater, the bill’s sponsor, expressed confidence that he has the votes to get the measure passed and that his state shouldn’t have trouble “flipping the switch” on allowing recreational sales.

‘‘We’ll definitely be able to beat Massachusetts to the punch,’’ Slater said. ‘‘They seem to keep delaying it.’’

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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