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Bills to Legalize Pot, Nix HealthSource Stall

 
Bills to Legalize Pot, Nix HealthSource Stall

NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The General Assembly has recessed for the year without taking action on a range of bills, including ones to legalize marijuana and turn over Rhode Island's health insurance marketplace to the federal government.

House and Senate bills that would have legalized marijuana — and taxed and regulated it — stalled in committee. A bill directing the governor to turn over operations of HealthSource RI also did not get a vote.

Legislation that would prohibit retailers statewide from using plastic bags died in committee. Several measures to lower the state's sales tax also did not get a vote.

Legislation aimed at addressing racial profiling stalled as well. It would have standardized stop procedures and required police officers to document their probable cause for stops.

SHUTTERSTOCK Dave Newman

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