Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday making the state the 19th in the nation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, an issue that some lawmakers have been working on for years.
“Together we got this job done and we got it done right,” Democratic Gov. Dan McKee said at the bill signing ceremony on the State House steps.
Rhode Island’s General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of the legislation Tuesday night. McKee’s said the legislation accomplishes the priorities of making sure legalization is “equitable, controlled and safe.”
Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey called it “a momentous day for the state of Rhode Island.”
“Cannabis prohibition has been a failed policy for decades,” he said.