House committee holds hearing on marijuana bill
The state House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would make the possession of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. The bill would also establish a system where marijuana would be taxed similarly to alcohol.
Rep. Edith Ajello of Providence introduced the legislation earlier this month. “It is time for Rhode Island to put the failed policy of marijuana prohibition behind us and adopt a more sensible approach just as our nation did with alcohol 80 years ago,” said Ajello, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. “By keeping marijuana sales in the underground market, we are ensuring they will be uncontrolled and that those selling it are not asking for proof of age.
The House bill had 19 total sponsors, including six members of the House Judiciary Committee and Minority Leader Brian Newbery. Robert Capecchi, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, testified at the hearing.