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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. 

How the changing legality of marijuana affects job searches and employee screenings? That’s the subject of this week’s segment, where Dave and Mark speak with Christine Cunneen, CEO of the firm “Hire Image” of Johnston.

The firm is a provider of background screening, drug testing for businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the volume of independents running for the General Assembly, the constitutionality of truck tolls, how power might be more widely shared in the House of Representatives, and much more.

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The Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or RICCAP, is warning against legalizing recreational marijuana. The organization has issued a statement about the drug’s impact on young people.

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A new poll from Boston public radio station WBUR finds growing support for a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. In Rhode Island, advocates have pushed for a similar measure, but some local lawmakers say they will wait to see what happens in the Bay State before taking up the issue.

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States that have legalized marijuana are contending with a new criminal tactic - smugglers who grow and process it for export to states where it remains illegal - and worth a lot more.

Colorado is the epicenter of the phenomenon, and it’s popping up in Oregon and Washington too. As Maine, Massachusetts and Canada consider legalizing recreational marijuana, the question arises - will the Northeast see a wave of new-age bootleggers?

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State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss changes in Rhode Island's healthcare landscape, how lawmakers will address the proposed legalization of marijuana, and the outlook on improving public education.

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Colorado's director of marijuana coordination said the legalization hasn't led to a significant increase in demand for the drug in the Rocky Mountain State in the short term, although legalization is "a heavy lift" and the related revenue isn't a panacea for cash-strapped states.

Andrew Freedman told reporters during a Statehouse availability on Tuesday that most of those wanting to buy marijuana legally were those who were previously using it illegally.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's open to the possibility of a statewide referendum on legalizing marijuana.

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State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the state's infrastructure, ethics, marijuana legalization, the outlook for electing more GOP lawmakers, and other issues.

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Nancy DeNuccio, chair of the Ocean State Prevention Alliance, stopped by our studio to discuss why she opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Earlier this week, we heard from Jared Moffat, head of Regulate Rhode Island, which advocates legalization.

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Jared Moffat, director of the pro-legalization group Regulate Rhode Island, makes the case for why he believes marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol.

Later this week, RI Public Radio will feature a Q&A with an opponnent of marijuana legalization.

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Myers, so glimmers of spring are slowly approaching. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the state's new truck toll law, whether he'll support a House floor vote for marijuana legalization, and the latest budget proposal from Governor Raimondo.

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