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US: Rhode Island becomes 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis

The governor of Rhode Island signed a bill on Wednesday to legalize cannabis, making it the 19th state to end prohibition.

While it will be at least a few months until adult-use retail sales launch in the Ocean State, adults 21 and older can now legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants for personal use, only three of which can be mature.

There were months of negotiations between lawmakers, advocates, stakeholders and the governor’s office before a revised version of the legislation was introduced earlier this month. But once the text was released, the identical companion bills in both chambers quickly advanced through committee and were approved on the floor on Tuesday.

Gov. Dan McKee (D), a proponent of legalization who released his own reform plan as part of his budget proposal this year, signed the measure just one day after the legislature sent it to his desk.

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