Sen­a­tor pro­poses pot le­gal­iza­tion

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A sen­a­tor in Rhode Is­land is in­tro­duc­ing a bill that would le­gal­ize mar­i­juana by fol­low­ing the frame­work set by neigh­bor­ing Mas­sachusetts.

Sen. Joshua Miller, a Demo­crat, in­tro­duced the bill Wed­nes­day. The pro­posal would cre­ate a sys­tem to tax and reg­u­late mar­i­juana in Rhode Is­land that mir­rors the sys­tem in Mas­sachusetts. Vot­ers there ap­proved le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana in Novem­ber 2016. Recre­ational sales will be­come le­gal in July. Miller’s bill would es­tab­lish a 10 per­cent tax on mar­i­juana sales in ad­di­tion to the state’s sales tax. It would also al­low for towns and cities to im­ple­ment an ad­di­tional tax up to 3 per­cent.

Miller says Rhode Is­land will miss out on rev­enue when Rhode Is­lan­ders cross into Mas­sachusetts to buy mar­i­juana.

Bills to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana in Rhode Is­land have stalled in pre­vi­ous leg­isla­tive ses­sions.

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