I love this woman! According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Rhode Island State Representative and Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, Edith Ajello, will re-introduce legislation for the regulation and taxation of marijuana at the next legislative session.
On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. Tomorrow, state legislators from Rhode Island and Maine will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures.
Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-Distrist 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. All participants will be available for questions from reporters at the end of the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states — Vermont and Massachusetts.
And remember, this isn’t about hippies wanting to get high; it’s about social justice and makes economic common sense. And it would also appear to be the will of the people.
WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 1pm EST
HOW: Dial in: 888.245.7033/Conference ID: 59480#/PIN: 111#