"Like millions of other Americans, Sha'Carri Richardson is an adult who used cannabis in a state where it is legal. She should have the right to use cannabis without the fear that it could severely impact her athletic career and deprive her of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A strong majority of Americans support full legalization despite being continually ignored by President Biden and Congress," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
Some police departments along the shoreline said they are beefing up patrols for the weekend. DeVaughn Ward, the senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project, said consumers should also expect police to be on the alert for impaired drivers.
"Of the states that have passed decriminalization measures, some have medical marijuana laws. Sixteen states have decriminalized marijuana but not legalized it in any form," according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
"The reality is, folks will be a short drive away from access to legal cannabis. The only thing that the town of Waterbury would do by creating or making itself an island of prohibition or unfriendly to cannabis businesses, is miss out on tax revenue," said DeVaughn Ward, MPP's senior legislative counsel.
"Rhode Island is on the verge of being an island of marijuana prohibition in New England, and that’s not where the state needs to be. That’s why it’s crucial that lawmakers prioritize legislation and getting an adult-use market up and running. So there’s still time to act but not much," said Jared Moffat, MPP's state campaigns manager.
"Polls have long shown that a majority of Rhode Islanders support ending marijuana prohibition, and now we’re closer than ever to getting the job done," said Jared Moffat, MPP's state campaigns manager.
"This is a significant milestone. After roughly a decade of public discussion and debate in Rhode Island, this is the first time a legislative chamber in the General Assembly has voted on a bill to legalize cannabis for adults," said Jared Moffat, MPP's state campaigns manager.