Rhodes Island, the smallest state in the United States, adopts a project to legalize cannabis
Following the same model as several other states, Rhodes Island passes a bill legalizing cannabis...
Very recently, last week, the Senate of the state of Rhodes Island declared to have approved a bill legalizing cannabis for adult use. The decision was validated by the House Judiciary Committee with 29 votes for and 9 against.
Joshua Miller, chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, said of the landmark decision: "This is a historic day, as it is the first time a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis has reached the floor of either Rhodes Island legislative chamber.
Following the passage of the bill, he also added "it is important that we move quickly to enact a regulatory framework" under the same model as Connecticut or New York.
Also read: Connecticut, 19th state to approve recreational cannabis (weed-info.com)
Democrat Michael McCaffrey also refers to the drug wars across the country, a real issue to be addressed in such a passage of legislation: "Legalizing cannabis is as much about reconciliation as it is about revenue. Prohibition policies have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color, and I believe we must ensure that any effort to legalize cannabis recognizes and rectifies these harms. Low barriers to entry, redaction reform, and broad access to programs designed to increase access for individuals and communities impacted by the failed war on drugs is an important and necessary component."
Thus, the new bill would allow adults over 21 to consume, purchase and possess up to 28 grams of cannabis. They also get the right to grow up to six plants for personal consumption. As part of the regulation of the cannabis market, a control board would be set up with the installation of a 7% state sales tax, plus a 10% "special" tax and a 3% local tax for cannabis businesses.
However, "no new cannabis cultivator licenses will be issued until July 1, 2023. An analysis would be done annually by regulators to "determine the maximum number of licenses to issue to meet production demands."
At its own pace, the state is slowly introducing laws that open up the United States to the cannabis market and world more each day.