The House Finance Committee will soon hold public hearings on the 2020 budget bill (H 5151), one article at a time (Marijuana is Article 20). NORML RI will post the hearing date, when it is scheduled, on and on our Facebook page. The final bill is likely to be amended by the committee before it’s sent to the full House for a vote, and debate will likely be fierce on both sides, so now is the time to speak up and contact your state rep about amendments and changes you’d like to see.

NORML RI is in the process of summarizing and gathering all details currently available regarding Governor Raimondo’s proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island, currently a part of the FY2020 Budget Proposal. A short summary is currently available here. Check back soon for a complete breakdown. In the meantime, here are some useful links:


Here is the Budget at a Glance document, prepared by the RI House Fiscal office. It gets into marijuana on page 48.

Here is the bill. You’ll find the change to the caregivers at the bottom of page 434.

The Governor’s Executive Summary:

2018 expungement bill:

Department of Business Regulation, Medical Marijuana Division:

Local News: Ch. 12 stories: