Call your representative and senator in the General Assembly!
Directions: Please click here to look up your representative and senator in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Once you’ve entered your information, scroll down and click the name of your representative and/or senator in the General Assembly (these are not your representatives in Congress). Their phone number will appear on the next page.
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“Hello, my name is _________ (your name), and I am calling from ________ (your town or city). I'm calling to urge [Senator or Representative] __________ to make regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use a top priority for this legislative session.
[You can read or paraphrase one or more of these talking points]:
- By any objective measure, marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Marijuana doesn’t cause overdose deaths and doesn’t lead to violent behavior. Adults shouldn’t be punished for making the safer choice to use marijuana, if that is what they prefer.
- Our current policy of marijuana prohibition has created an illegal market that undermines public health and safety. Illegal dealers don’t check IDs to verify age; they don’t test their products for harmful contaminants; and they don’t follow rules and regulations like normal tax-paying businesses. The solution is to follow other states like Massachusetts and Maine and establish a legal, well-regulated marijuana market for adults.
- We need to boost our economy here in Rhode Island, and regulating marijuana like alcohol is a smart way to do that. According to government records, more than 28,000 people are licensed to work in Colorado’s legal marijuana market. Now that Massachusetts and Maine have adopted laws to regulate marijuana, we cannot afford to fall behind.
- Marijuana regulation is working well in places like Colorado and Washington. A recent survey found that 61% of Colorado voters believe legal marijuana has been good for their economy. Polls show that a strong majority of Rhode Islanders support reforming our current marijuana policy. It is time for the legislature to vote on and pass a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use.
- Colorado is collecting nearly $20 million each month from taxes and fees on marijuana. Instead of profits from marijuana sales going into the hands of illegal dealers, Colorado is using marijuana revenue to fund school construction projects and substance abuse treatment programs. We should regulate and tax marijuana so we can put the illegal dealers out of business and bolster our budget.