Rhode Island Lawmakers Are Now Weighing Recreational Marijuana.

The legalization bill would prohibit pot use by anyone under 21; limit legal possession to no more than 1 ounce of marijuana; and allow home cultivation of five plants per adult. The legislation would allow for five types of marijuana businesses, all licensed and regulated by the state: pot retailers, lounges, cultivation facilities, product manufacturers, and laboratories. Green Rush Cities and towns would have authority to ban marijuana businesses or limit their numbers within a municipality’s jurisdiction. Employers could continue to prohibit workers from using or possessing pot on the job. Connecticut faces legalized marijuana competition from several of its neighbors. Voters in Massachusetts and Maine have approved recreational pot and officials in those states are now debating how and when to put legalization into effect. Rhode Island lawmakers are now weighing recreational marijuana. . At a press conference before the hearing, legalization supporters said they were focusing new energy on Connecticut, where the state is facing a budget crisis. “I think everybody knows how much money has come into Colorado and Washington as a result of their regulating and taxing of marijuana,” said Becky Dansky, legislative council with the Marijuana Policy Project, referencing the $200 million in taxes and fees from Colorado’s market and the $250 million from Washington state.

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