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R.I. lawmakers approve recreational marijuana, sales to start Dec. 1

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is poised to become the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana, with state lawmakers in both chambers approving legislation Tuesday. The...

Recreational marijuana bill on fast track to passage after key GA...

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers are fast-tracking a proposal to legalize and sell recreational marijuana, with committees in both chambers of the R.I. General Assembly approving...
MURPHY'S DELI & BAR was at maximum capacity around noon Thursday right as when the Providence College men's basketball team tipped off. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

‘March Madness,’ events could help springboard local bars past COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – At around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, drinks and food inside Murphy’s Deli & Bar were widely available, but not seats. Patrons packed the Irish...
THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION introduced in the General Assembly on March 1 could bring in $20 million annually in state tax revenue, but supporters say the payoff could be much bigger. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Supporters of legalized cannabis touting the financial benefits

State leaders are banking on $18 million to $20 million in additional tax revenue annually if the recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana...

Restaurant owners score victory with passage of legislation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Hospitality Association scored a victory on Thursday as state lawmakers approved passage of two bills that permanently allow restaurants...

R.I.’s ban on happy hours questioned

After nearly three decades devoid of after-work drink specials, a push to legalize happy hour in Rhode Island is brewing again. Rep. Karen Alzate, D-Pawtucket,...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...
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/MICHAEL SALERNO

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

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...
WAIT AND SEE: Attorney John L. Calcagni III says there are some gray legal areas when it comes to a new Rhode Island law that creates a pilot program for safe injection sites, or “harm reduction centers,” to counteract the opioid overdose crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Legal questions loom for R.I.’s injection center law

Combating the opioid overdose crisis is a cause with broad support. But a new Rhode Island law establishing a two-year pilot program for safe injection...

McKee signs two bills on gun laws

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed two bills into law Monday pertaining to guns in Rhode Island. The first, a bill banning “straw purchases”...

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