What to know about when Rhode Island will have legal weed

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island could see the legal sale of marijuana for recreational use come Dec. 1 under amended legislation headed for votes Wednesday in House and Senate legislative committees. 

If approved by both full bodies and signed into law by the governor, who supports legalization, the state’s three existing medical marijuana dispensaries – already operating under strict regulatory rules – would be the first likely retailers, opening separate customer lanes for recreational products. 

Thirty other retail stores would eventually open, including at six new medical marijuana dispensaries planned around the state. Dispensaries would hold hybrid licenses for medical and recreational marijuana sales, with recreational products taxed at a higher rate. 

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The amended bill makes no changes to how much a customer could buy and possess: up to 1 ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, with no more than 10 ounces for personal use kept in a primary residence. It would also allow Rhode Islanders to grow a small amount of their own cannabis at home — starting, perhaps, just weeks after the legislation becomes law.