RI Could Study, Delay Legal Marijuana Debate - NECN
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The latest news from around the state

RI Could Study, Delay Legal Marijuana Debate

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    RI Could Study, Delay Legal Marijuana Debate
    Getty Images

    Rhode Island lawmakers who aren't ready to legalize marijuana might try to study it instead.

    The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would create a legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing pot for recreational use.

    The 15-member commission would review how marijuana legalization has affected residents of states such as Colorado and Washington and how it's affected fiscal conditions in those states. The group would report its recommendations back to Rhode Island legislators by March 2018.

    Legalization proponents have been opposed to forming a commission, saying it would further delay taking action on an issue that's been studied and debated for years. They believe there is enough support in the General Assembly to legalize recreational marijuana if lawmakers voted on it.

    Get the latest from necn anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android