RI To Study Legalizing, Taxing Pot


Weeks after legalizing the sale of marijuana to sick people, Rhode Island lawmakers voted to explore how much the state might collect if it were to make all sales of marijuana legal and impose a “sin tax” of $35 per ounce, reports the Providence Journal. A nine-member panel will study issues including “the experience of individuals and families sentenced for violating marijuana laws [] The experience of states and European countries, such as California, Massachusetts and the Netherlands, which have decriminalized the sale and use of marijuana.”

Last year, Gov. Donald Carcieri vetoed a joint House and Senate call for a study of the wisdom of creating state-regulated marijuana dispensaries. The new study was commissioned by the state Senate and is not come to the governor for approval.

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