Rhode Island

Rhode Island Lawmaker Says Marijuana Legalization Has Support

In past years, such bills have not made it out of committee

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A Rhode Island lawmaker says there's a clear majority support in the House and Senate to legalize recreational marijuana, but such bills haven't been able to make it out of committee in years past.

Legal pot proponents hope state legislation will take effect before marijuana shops open in Massachusetts.

State Sen. Joshua Miller, a Democrat, tells The Providence Journal pot legalization bills had majority support in both chambers last year, but the legislation never received a vote.

Miller says support has grown since then.

A House spokesman says Speaker Nicholas Mattiello will review testimony following a public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

A Senate spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment on President M. Teresa Paiva Weed's stance

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