Gov. Daniel McKee proposed legalization in his budget, again, just as lawmakers prepare to introduce a bill that reflects months of negotiations on last year’s competing budget and bill proposals.
After weeks of quiet, Senators voted on Tuesday in an historic vote to pass one of three adult use legalization proposals.
Earlier this month, Senators discussed lawmakers’ adult use legislation, as well. Whether lawmakers and the governor can agree on a path forward this session, though, remains to be seen.
Gov. Dan McKee has proposed legalization by budget, while Senators have their own bill. McKee’s plan does not include home cultivation, and proposes a phased rollout of business licenses.
Gov. McKee’s budget plan for legal adult use cannabis came just two days after lawmakers in the state introduced their own proposal.
Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey and Senator Joshua Miller unveiled the bill on Tuesday, while Gov. Dan McKee is expected to put forth his own plan in the coming days.
The Ocean State is the latest in the northeast to revisit its legalization plans, but theirs involves a government-run cannabis framework.
Still, Raimondo has forced a legalization debate. “Usually they just have a hearing and never vote on it,” said Jared Moffat of the Marijuana Policy Project.