Public forum about marijuana legalization to take place in Providence

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PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) — An open forum has been arranged to discuss Rhode Island’s marijuana’s policy and to learn from leaders in states that have already legalized medical and recreational marijuana.

The forum is scheduled for April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brown University Medical Center in Providence.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is heading the effort in partnership with the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy at Brown University.

Panelists include government officials from Washington, Colorado and Massachusetts, and an industry expert from the Coalition of Responsible Cannabis Production.

“By learning from and monitoring what takes place in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, we can make a more educated decision on whether legalization of marijuana is right for Rhode Island,” stated Kilmartin.

Massachusetts representatives have been included to analyze any ramifications their state may face if they legalize recreational marijuana.

The forum is also to address public safety concerns as a push is made to legalize medical marijuana in Rhode Island.

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