Lawmakers in Rhode Island Announce Marijuana Legalization Legislation

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 12, 2014

    At a press conference this afternoon, State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) and Representative Edith H. Ajello (D-Providence) will announce and discuss their proposed legislation that would make Rhode Island the third state in the country to legalize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis for adults.

    This legislation would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space. It would establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities.

    “Rhode Island now joins over a dozen other state legislatures that are debating measures to legalize marijuana this year,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “A majority of Rhode Island voters, and Americans in general, support replacing our failed prohibition policy with one of regulation. Elected officials are wise to see that the desires of their constituents are being represented and we commend Representative Ajello and Senator Miller for being leaders on this issue.”

    RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS: Please consider calling your members of the state Senate and House of Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation. Click here to find out who your elected officials are and their contact information.

    Suggested script:

    Hi my name is (name), and I live in (city/town) in your legislative district. As you might know (Chairwoman Edith Ajello/Senator Josh Miller) is introducing a bill to tax, regulate, and control marijuana like alcohol. (He/She) is currently recruiting co-sponsors for this important bill. Our current policy of marijuana prohibition has been a total failure, and when something is broken, it needs to be fixed. Regulating marijuana is the right solution because it would take control away from illegal dealers, and it would help Rhode Island’s economy. I urge you to join (Chairwoman Ajello/Senator Miller) and co-sponsor this sensible legislation. Thank you.

    You can also click here to quickly and easily email your elected officials in support of this legislation using NORML’s Take Action Center.

    NORML will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward.

    20 Responses to “Lawmakers in Rhode Island Announce Marijuana Legalization Legislation”

    1. J S says:

      How often do lawmakers pass legislation that doesn’t cost the taxpayer money? Not very often! This may help keep taxes lower.

    2. SCOTT says:

      the law makers will make the coast so high only the rich will get richer off it….grow your own….

    3. Alberto Pappas says:

      This is great. Colorado hasn’t turned into a violent MadMax wasteland. We have to crack the ice on the East Coast with this somewhere. Let it start with Little Rhody.

    4. tovolunteer says:

      COULDN’T HAVE BEEN PUT IN A BETTER way At ALL. well presented

    5. Dennis King says:

      I always knew that the Biggest Little State in the Union would be the next state to make history!!I left the state in 2004 maybe it’s time to come home!

    6. Sean says:

      Volunteer: I understand your anger and feel the same way. But I ask you kindly to please not sneer at this proposal. Sure, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than the alternative which is more prohibition and prohibition is a crime against humanity.

      If we wait for the perfect proposal, then legalization wouldn’t happen until the year 2200. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I saw what happened in California. A lot of people thought prop 19 wasn’t good enough and shot it down thinking that a better proposal would come in 2012. Well it’s 2014 and California is nowhere closer to legalization and now we are being to told to wait until 2016. That’s six years too long!

      Please support what Rhode Island is doing. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. There will be time down the road to make improvements, but first we need to tear down the wall of prohibition.

    7. Rhode Islander says:

      Happy President’s Day NORML!

    8. phrtao says:

      >Volunteer – Well said !
      Our treatment of behaviour must be proportional to the harm it causes and how wrong it is. People are still advocating ludicrously disproportionate treatment of cannabis based on it’s harm compared to the likes of tobacco, alcohol and firearms. No system of good order can exist without sensible penalties and rewards to guide people’s choices. It is the equivalent of a shoot to kill policy for jaywalking crimes.
      ( although one can do an awful lot with 2 plants if you know how ! – it’s better than none! )

    9. agentcx says:

      For me the main relevance is that we live in a democracy. “Rule by the people.” What the prohibitionists and federal anti-legalization czars say is irrelevant. The majority of the populous is for legalization. In a true democracy we should not have to delve any deeper.

    10. Anonymous says:

      Big Steel is afraid of a flying car

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