Barrington first to set dispensary vote in Rhode Island

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island advances to floor votes. (File WLNE)

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Voters in Barrington will deciding whether or not marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in town this fall.

On Nov. 8, ballots in the town will have a question asking voters, “Shall new cannabis licenses for businesses involved in the cultivation, manufacture, laboratory testing and for the retail sale of adult recreational use cannabis be issued in the Town of Barrington?”

The question was added to the ballot after Gov. Dan McKee signed a bill into law in May, allowing adults over the age of 21 to possess, use and grown cannabis.

The bill will also set up a new system for sales and taxation at state-sanctioned dispensaries, and will expunge all past marijuana related convictions.

Marijuana became legal as soon as the governor signed the bill. However, legal sales won’t start until December.

Barrington was the first municipality to put the question on its November ballot. Charlestown and Little Compton have also added the question.

Other cities and towns will have until Aug. 10 to schedule a vote.


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