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Recreational marijuana bill appears poised for passage with compromise reached

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers appear to have ironed out their differences over how to regulate recreational marijuana, striking a compromise in amended legislation unveiled by...
A LEGAL SUBSTANCE: Dried hemp plants are sorted and trimmed at Hepworth Farms in Milton, N.Y. New York’s first 100 to 200 retail cannabis licenses will be solely for people with marijuana-related convictions or their immediate family. / AP FILE PHOTO/SETH WENIG

N.Y.’s first marijuana sales licenses will go to people with pot...

ALBANY, N.Y. – The first licenses to sell recreational marijuana in New York will go to people who were casualties of the war on...
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...

Is this the right time for Rhode Island to legalize adult...

After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Democratic legislative leaders on March 1 introduced a sweeping bill in the General Assembly to legalize adult recreational marijuana...

If recreational marijuana is legalized in Rhode Island, should some employers...

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, has told PBN that Statehouse negotiators on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana want to give businesses in Rhode Island similar...
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...
LISTENING TO BUSINESS? Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, says Statehouse negotiators on legislation legalizing recreational marijuana are looking to give Rhode Island businesses similar protections to maintain a drug-free workplace as Connecticut approved earlier this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Give business leaders a seat at the table on marijuana talks

Most business leaders are resigned to adult recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in the Ocean State, maybe as soon as next year. Much less...

Should the General Assembly return in the fall to consider unfinished...

When state lawmakers ended this year's General Assembly session earlier this summer, legislative leaders acknowledged they might have to return before the end of...

Senate passes legislation calling for legalization of marijuana

PROVIDENCE – The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday at Rhode Island College’s Sapinsley Hall by a 29-9 vote that would legalize, regulate and tax...

Inaction on marijuana legalization suits R.I. business groups

PROVIDENCE – If state lawmakers and Gov. Daniel J. McKee can’t find common ground on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use this year, most...
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