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 NORMLRI.com 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:

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE agenda:
http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/documents/agenda-14959.aspx

Here is the Budget at a Glance document, prepared by the RI House Fiscal office.
http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/housefiscalreport/Budget%20Analyses/2019%20Session/FY%202020%20Budget%20at%20Second%20Glance.pdf. 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.
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText19/HouseText19/H5151.pdf

The Governor’s Executive Summary:
http://www.omb.ri.gov/documents/Prior%20Year%20Budgets/Operating%20Budget%202020/ExecutiveSummary/0_Complete%20FY%202020%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

2018 expungement bill:
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H8355.pdf

Department of Business Regulation, Medical Marijuana Division:
http://www.dbr.ri.gov/divisions/medicalmarijuana/

Local News: Ch. 12 stories:
https://www.wpri.com/politics/raimondo-admin-outlines-recreational-pot-proposal/1701335928

https://www.wpri.com/politics/12-things-to-know-about-gov-raimondo-s-ri-state-budget-plan/1707748571

Please share, like, and spread the word!