Bills to legalize recreational pot in R.I. to get first votes next week

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

Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island will get its first votes Wednesday.

House and Senate leadership made the announcement Friday evening.

The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Finance Committee will vote on the bill to legalize, regulate, tax and provide oversight over recreational marijuana system.

In a joint release, House and Senate spokesmen said the amended the legislation that will be up for vote will be posted at least 24 hours before Wednesday’s votes.

Legalizing recreational marijuana has been a hot topic for several years in the state, with proposals being introduced yearly over the past several years.

Both Connecticut and Massachusetts have legalized recreational marijuana.

Gov. McKee earlier this year said he was going to include funding for the legalization in his budget.

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