R.I. recreational marijuana bill clears first hurdles, heads to full floor vote
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary and House Finance committees both advance a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-1, with Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Coventry) giving the dissenting vote, while the House Finance committee voted in favor 12-2, with Reps. Grace Diaz (D-Providence) and Camille Vella Wilkinson (D-Warwick) voting against.
The bill will now go to both the House and Senate floors with final passage expected to happen Tuesday, May 24.
Currently, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are the only New England states that has not legalized recreational marijuana.
Under the legislation, sales in Rhode Island will commence Dec. 1.
Gov. Dan McKee has given his support of the legalization of recreational marijuana.