Rhode Island lawmakers sent a bill to the governor on Tuesday that would establish facilities where people could test and use illegal drugs under medical supervision. Separately, a House panel weighed a measure that would legalize marijuana for adults in the state. The first piece of legislation, which if signed would launch a pilot program for safe-consumption sites, passed the full House of Representatives on a floor vote Tuesday. The chamber later signed off on a Senate companion bill approved by that body in March. If the policy change becomes law, Rhode Island would be the first U.S. state to legalize the sites. During a panel hearing after the floor session, the House Committee on Finance also heard testimony on one of three proposals introduced this session that would legalize cannabis for adult use. Legislative leaders and the governor’s office have indicated they’d like to reconcile the differences between those measures and potentially return to vote on a compromise bill later this year.
Ben Adlin, Marijuana Moment, 06/29/2021 21:29:00