Raimondo’s 2020 Marijuana Legalization Proposal: The Bullets

The FY2020 Executive Summary can be found here:
http://www.omb.ri.gov/budget/prioryear/operating/2020.php

Updated Feb. 14 2019: more detailed source files available here

Hint: search on “Marijuana” for the relevant parts

Note that some outlined items were provided by the Governor’s Office during the 2019 State of the State address, and are not addressed in the above FY2020 Executive Summary, only in Budget at a Glance document, prepared by the RI House Fiscal office (link available here).

For a detailed takeaway of the full proposals as of Feb., 2019, please see our full NORML RI recap.

The Takeaways:

  • Growing would now be ILLEGAL for everyone – patients included – unless you apply for a hardship, and would require those patients to appoint a caregiver who would only cultivate marijuana for that patient’s use. The reality is that most people either can’t or don’t want to grow anyway. But for the few that do, it greatly reduces the cost of their medicine.Potency will be limited, and no vape oil at all will be available.
  • All edibles will be capped at 5 milligrams of THC each, or 5% potency.
  • Sales will be capped at one ounce.
  • Allows 6 new retail-only compassion centers.
  • Sales would initially only be permitted at the three existing dispensaries in the state – extending an already blatant monopoly, and overcrowding already teeming locations that truly ill patients patron.
  • 80% wholesale tax to cannabidiol (CBD) products made from hemp, and to license dealers and distributors of hemp.
  • This proposal would create a weight -based excise tax on marijuana cultivation, an additional retail excise tax of 10%, and also apply sales tax to marijuana transactions.

This is just the beginning. We’ll keep you up-to-date as we dig deeper in to what these changes mean for Rhode Islanders, and what we can do to achieve a fair, reasonable and equitable solution for all.