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NEW: RI to Introduce Marijuana Regulation + Taxation Bill

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


On Wednesday Rep. Edith H. Ajello (D-District 1, Providence) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D-District 28, Cranston, Providence) are expected to announce the introduction of legislation they will sponsor to regulate and tax marijuana much like alcohol.

Representative Ajello, chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Miller, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, will be joined by advocates from Regulate Rhode Island and the Marijuana Policy Project at a news conference Wednesday afternoon on the first floor of the State House.

Joining them will be Dr. David Lewis, founder of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University; former Providence police officer Beth Comery; and former Warren High School teacher Pat Smith.

Michelle McKenzie, Senior Policy Director at Miriam Hospital, will also be available for questions following the announcement.


Related Slideshow: New England States with Highest Marijuana Arrest Rates

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6. Massachusetts

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 51

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 18

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 49

2010 Raw Arrests: 1,191

Photo: Flickr/Blind Nomad

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5. Vermont

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 48

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 119

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 51

2010 Raw Arrests: 737

Photo: Flickr/Victor

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4. New Hampshire

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 33

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 210

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 41

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,769

Photo: Flickr/Blind Nomad

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3. Rhode Island

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 31

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 214

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 43

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,243

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2. Maine

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 30

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 214

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 40

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,842

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1. Connecticut

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 23

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 247

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 25

2010 Raw Arrests: 8,815

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Number One Overall

Washington D.C.

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 1

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 846

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 34

2010 Raw Arrests: 5,115

Photo: Flickr/Torben Hansen


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