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Should Rhode Island Legalize Pot?

A recent report found the move would generate up to $82 million in annual tax revenue for the state.

Marijuana. File photo.
Marijuana. File photo.
State lawmakers this session are considering legislation to legalize marijuana.

A recent report found the move would generate up to $82 million in annual tax revenue for the state. Lawmakers said that figure would be closer to $26 million.

In Colorado, where marijuana was recently legalized, tax revenue from pot sales was $3.2 million in February, according to the Denver Post. That figure was lower than the state's estimate of $3.7 million.

In Rhode Island, legalization advocates say the added tax revenue would bolster the state's faltering economy. The state's unemployment rate is the highest in the nation at 9.2 percent, according to the latest federal figures.

Opponents say legalization would make the drug more attractive to teenagers.

Should Rhode Island legalize marijuana? Share your opinion in the comments below.
Vinnie B. April 13, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Colorado made 3.5 Million in revenue for January. Colorado is projected to bring in 100 million this year, the first year of Marijuana legalization. No brainer.
Leave RI April 13, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I'm telling you a chain of snack stands is in the work for the stoner head stops.
Rose Marie Huth April 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Last I checked, the economy in RI is the worst in the Country...what is happening to your tax $$, your lottery $$ for education now. What makes you so sure the $$ from pot will be funneled to REALLY improve the state? Have the State Legislators said how this $$ would be used? Or are you just giving them more $$ to squander? For the people who are currently smoking illegally, are you doing so with your small infant children, grandchildren, and other family members present? Have you asked them if they want to be included in your recreational habit? Are they also getting high from your second hand smoke? Parents are supposed to be protecting their children from influences that could harm them...that is why we have safety car seats etc....what would you be doing to them now. Dr.'s tell their pregnant patients not to smoke, drink, eat shell fish, and not to take an aspirin. But, as soon as the child is born you will expose them to a substance that could be harmful to them. Also, I understand that there is a law on the books in RI for parents who get caught DUI with children in the car. No doubt there was a need for that. I believe the legislators helped that law get passed and saw the dangers there. All of a sudden now they see revenue! Clearly the state needs more ideas or a different group to who will have the ideas to change the economic climate in RI without jeopardizing everyone else.
Pam April 13, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Really? Who buys alcohol on the "black market"? Legal pot seems to be working fine already in Colorado. Legalizing all drugs would ensure crappy heroin isn't Killing off dozens of people and the taxes from drugs would go toward getting people off drugs for good. Putting people in jail for drugs, the US solution to the drug problem, obviously has not worked one whit. I an tired of paying for our bloated justice system and I'm ready to try something new. We couldn't do any worse than we 're doing.
Vinnie B. April 13, 2014 at 08:55 PM
@ Rose Let me get this straight, so because RI is corrupt and poor with managing money, the marijuana would be the problem?

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