A new report from Public Policy Polling finds that 59% of Rhode Island voters are for marijuana regulation and taxation.
Regulate Rhode Island, a marijuana legalization advocate, commissioned the poll. The organization will hold a news conference to discuss the results of the poll at the Rhode Island State House, Tuesday morning.
Director of the Regulate Rhode Island Jared Moffat says the news conference will serve as a reminder to lawmakers that the legalization of the drug is popular with their constituents.
The poll results come shortly after Providence Rep. Scott Slater introduced the Cannabis Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act.
“Our job is to represent the people of this state, and their position on this issue is pretty clear,” said Rep. Slater about legalizing cannabis.
Under the representative’s proposed bill an Office of Cannabis Coordination would be established. The agency would be in charge of coordinating the retail of cannabis in stores and would regulate processing facilities.