PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork for recreational marijuana

Updated at 2 p.m., Nov. 18

SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of “when.” Three of the state’s most powerful leaders have expressed a desire to allow the adult use of marijuana and tax and regulate its sale, in part because retail pot stores…

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