State legislators introduce bills that would legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- State legislators introduced two bills that would legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Joshua Miller tells ABC6.

Sen. Miller and Rep. Scott Slater formally introduced the identical bills that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis for adults 21 and older in Rhode Island starting on Oct. 1, 2022.

The bills would allow all adults 21 and over to buy and possess up to an ounce of cannabis. Those same adults would be able to have up to 10 ounces inside of their home, and grow up to three cannabis plants.

All cannabis sales would include an additional 10% retail excise tax and a 3% local sales tax, on top of the normal 7% sales tax.

The bill would require that a quarter of all new retail licenses be awarded to applicants that qualify as social equity businesses and another quarter of new licenses to worker-owned cooperatives and create a social equity assistance fund to provide grants, job training programs, and social services for communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization.

It would also establish a three-member commission, appointed by the governor and leaders of the General Assembly, to oversee the regulation and licensing of cannabis businesses.

Last June, the senate voted in favor of a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana at 20% in the Ocean State.

The house didn’t vote on the bill over a difference opinion on the regulatory authority.

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