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Alternative pot legalization plan pulled back for revisions

March 26, 2019
In this July 29, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows in a growing room at the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in Providence, R.I. A state legislator is proposing an alternative plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
In this July 29, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows in a growing room at the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in Providence, R.I. A state legislator is proposing an alternative plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state legislator is proposing an alternative plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island.

The proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Scott Slater was initially scheduled to be heard Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The Providence Journal reports a group of licensed pot cultivators objected to parts of the bill Monday, resulting in Slater delaying the bill’s hearing for reworking.

Slater’s proposal would allow the owners of the states’ three medical-marijuana dispensaries to create a separate for-profit entity for legalized marijuana production.

Opponents, including Jared Moffat of the Marijuana Policy Project, say the language of the proposal could help create an unfair advantage in the marijuana business for medical marijuana dispensary owners and stakeholders.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo proposed legalizing recreational pot as part of her budget proposal.

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