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R.I. Governer: Open To Letting Voters Decide To Legalize Pot

R.I. Governer: Open To Letting Voters Decide To Legalize Pot

By Zachary Babin - March 15, 2016

Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says she’s open to the possibility of letting voters decide to legalize pot.

The Democrat told reporters Tuesday she’s also willing to consider a marijuana legalization bill being debated by state lawmakers but says there’s no need to hurry.

She says it’s more important to create good regulations and properly address safety concerns than to rush ahead for the economic advantage of allowing the commercial sale of marijuana before other states.

Raimondo says she talked recently with Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper about lessons learned since his state legalized marijuana beginning in 2014.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s considering a non-binding referendum question for the November ballot. He says the House must first take up the current legislation.

Associated Press