PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol.
Rep. Edith Ajello will join supporters of the measure at a pre-hearing news conference at 3 p.m. ET in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House. Attendees will include Dr. David Lewis, founder of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University; Professor Andy Horwitz, director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Roger Williams University School of Law; and Beth Comery, a former Providence police officer.
H 7506 would allow adults 21 and older to possess of up to one ounce of marijuana and grow one mature marijuana plant in an enclosed, locked space; establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities; enact wholesale excise taxes of up to $50 per ounce of flowers and $10 per ounce of leaves applied at the point of transfer from the cultivation facility to a retail store; enact a 10% sales tax at the point of retail sales; and require the Department of Business Regulation to establish rules regulating security, labeling, health and safety requirements.
WHAT: News conference prior to Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary hearing on H 7506, which would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol
WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, news conference at 3 p.m. ET; committee hearing following Rise of the House
WHERE: News conference in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith St., Providence; committee hearing in House Lounge
WHO: State Rep. Edith Ajello
Dr. David Lewis, founder of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University
Andy Horwitz, director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at Roger Williams University School of Law
Beth Comery, former Providence police officer, member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
Robert Capecchi, deputy director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project
Rebecca McGoldrick, executive director of Protect Families First
Jared Moffat, Regulate Rhode Island