US (RI): Cannabis legalization bill to be filed this month

A top Rhode Island senator says a bill to legalize cannabis in the state will be introduced this month, possibly as early as next week.

Rather than wait until later in the session for budget negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (D) told The Public’s Radio that he wants to put the legislation in front of lawmakers sooner so they can work out regulations and decide on key policies such as how to address expungements and tax allocation from cannabis revenue.

McCaffrey said he and the chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee have been “meeting since November on a regular basis to talk about different aspects of the legislation, and I would suspect that the end of next week or beginning of the following week, we’ll come out with the proposed legislation so that at least the parties can start to look at it.”


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