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Rhode Island Marijuana Industry Advocates Detail Four Main Changes They Want Enacted To Legalization Law Next Year

“Let’s puff, puff, pass the bills.”

By Christopher Shea, Rhode Island Current

With infused drinks, charcuterie and the blasting beats of Drake, a group of more than three dozen industry advocates, leaders and lawmakers gathered this month to celebrate the anniversary of the first legal marijuana sale.

The December 1 celebration at an event space in Cranston’s Rolfe Square also served as a forum to discuss changes they want to see in year two: specifically around ensuring all Rhode Islanders have the chance to take part in this budding industry.

“The details are what matters,” Rep. David Morales, a Providence Democrat, told the crowd.

Morales was one of three Democratic lawmakers who spoke at the celebration. Also speaking, but via video, were Providence Rep. Enrique Sanchez and Pawtucket Rep. Leonela Felix.

Since April, cannabis advocates have looked through the state’s 115-page law hoping to close loopholes they believe could create an unfair landscape in Rhode Island. During the celebration on Friday, they presented four proposals. Two require approval from the General Assembly and governor, and two are under the control of the Cannabis Control Commission.

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