Bristol considers ban on smoking pot in public ahead of legalization in December

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — Bristol is now considering a ban on smoking pot in public ahead of recreational marijuana becoming legal in the state later this year.

Under a recreational marijuana bill signed by Gov. Dan McKee earlier this year, individual cities and towns could decide whether to ban or impose restrictions of smoking pot in public.

Possession and home-growing of pot is now legal for people 21 over in the state and will allow for recreational marijuana sales to start on Dec. 1.

While the town’s ordinance to ban public pot smoking is still in its early stages, the town council will discuss a ballot referendum on dispensary licenses Wednesday.

Analysis suggested that the stat will net around $20 million for the first year of recreational marijuana sales.

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