Legalization proposal coming this week for Rhode Island
Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo told the Providence Journal on Sunday that she’s planning to include marijuana legalization in her budget proposal, set to be released later on this week. Many states around Rhode Island (including Massachusetts) have already legalized the drug, and Raimondo says that rather than “incurring public safety and health expenses” trying to battle the culture, it’s time to “put together our own regulatory and taxing framework.” That’s good news for Rhode Island citizens, a majority of which already want cannabis legalized there anyway.
Raimondo is expected to want some limits, however. She’s looking to keep people from growing the drug at home, unfortunately, and she’s also against high potency forms, including dabs or high strength edibles. Rumor has it that edibles would be kept to just 5mg servings under the proposal. But those specifics are all still up for debate, apparently — most legislators in RI agree that it’s time to at least move legalization forward, whatever form that takes.
Raimondo’s plan and budget are set to be submitted to the legislature on Thursday of this week. She also has a State of the State speech set for tomorrow (Tuesday), so Rhode Islanders may hear more about what she’s thinking on the subject then. At any rate, it sounds like legalization is closer than ever in Little Rhody (and this is yet another sign that legalization continues to be on its way for the entire country as a whole).