Press Releases

New Report Finds Thousands of Marijuana Citations Issued Since Possession Decriminalized


According to the study, which analyzed data provided by police departments representing about 85% of the state’s population, officers issued approximately 5,000 citations for marijuana possession from April 2013 through 2017. Each marijuana citation carries a minimum fine of $150.

New Report Makes the Case for Legalizing, Regulating, and Taxing Marijuana in Rhode Island This Year, Warns Against Further Delays


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A coalition of organizations and community leaders released a report Tuesday that makes the case for legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana this year in Rhode Island and warn against further delaying the passage of such legislation. The report, titled “Now is the time,” is available online at

New Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong and Widespread Support for Regulating and Taxing Marijuana Like Alcohol


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new poll shows momentum is building behind the effort to end marijuana prohibition in Rhode Island. Regulate RI director Jared Moffat will hold a news conference TODAY (Tue.) at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the State House to discuss the results. He will be joined by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence), who recently introduced the Cannabis Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act.

As Massachusetts Government Prepares to Implement Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana, Rhode Island Lawmakers Are Poised to Introduce Similar Legislation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the Massachusetts government prepares to implement an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana that was approved by voters in November, lawmakers in Rhode Island are poised to introduce similar legislation. Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and State Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) will discuss the proposal at a news conference TODAY (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. ET in Room 313 of the Rhode Island State House.