The House Judiciary Committee is slated to hear Wednesday a series of bills about marijuana.
One bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over. The drug would be regulated and taxed like alcohol, which proponents say would bring in new tax revenue for the state. But opponents point to the potential negative impact on health and public safety.
Another proposed bill would keep marijuana on the list of illegal drugs, but would reduce the penalty for possession of an ounce or less to a one-hundred dollar fine for a first offense. Rhode Island has already decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.
Two other bills deal with medical use of marijuana, which was legalized in the ocean state in 2006.
One would expand the list of illnesses that qualify patients to include post-traumatic stress disorder, and expedite applications for patients in hospice care.
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