Rhode Island Officials Turn to Massachusetts for Advice on Recreational Marijuana Legalization
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Rhode Island Officials Turn to Massachusetts for Advice on Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's Laurie White invited Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman to answer questions about the legalization process.

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March 20, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- As Rhode Island flirts with the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana, state officials are seeking advice from nearby Massachusetts about what they should expect.

Laurie White of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce invited Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, to answer questions about the legalization process.

"Massachusetts is ahead of the game in terms of where Rhode Island is," White said. "We are concerned about the role marijuana plays in the workplace and the ability of employers to set rules around marijuana for their employees."

When Gov. Gina Raimondo unveiled this year's budget, it included profit from marijuana sales in the state and the creation of a new office of cannabis regulation.

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