Spectrum of political leaders to support marijuana bill
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Edith Ajello, the sponsor of legislation to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Rhode Island, will participate in a news conference today to call attention to the broad support across various political parties for the bill.
The news conference is scheduled today, Tuesday, May 20, at 3 p.m., in the State House rotunda.
Besides Representative Ajello (D-Dist. 1, Providence), political leaders of various stripes will each present brief statements about why marijuana regulation is the best approach from all political perspectives. Speakers at the event include Dr. Daniel Harrop, chairman of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity and Republican candidate for Providence mayor; Patricia Smith, chairwoman of the Social and Economic Justice Committee of the Rhode Island chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America; Michael Rollins, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Rhode Island; Kristina Fox, co-founder and president emeritus of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island; Richard Ford, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus; and Jared Moffat, director of Regulate Rhode Island.
The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act (2014-H 7506, 2014- S 2379), which would replace marijuana prohibition with a system to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana to adults, has bi-partisan sponsorship in both the House and Senate. Its Senate sponsor is Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903