The smallest state in the nation may have a voice from its voters this fall regarding marijuana legalization.
The state House of Representatives filed a new bill on Wednesday that will let Rhode Island residents voice on a ballot measure that calls for the end of cannabis prohibition.
“Do you support the legalization of possession and use of marijuana by persons who are at least 21 years of age, subject to regulation and taxation that is similar to the regulation and taxation of tobacco and alcohol?” asks the proposed question.
The proposal was filed by Rep. Scott Slater (D).
Even if a majority of voters approve the question, it wouldn’t mean that cannabis prohibition would end, but it would perhaps persuade lawmakers to consider cannabis legislation in the 2019 session.
Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said in 2016 that she is “open to” giving voters a chance to weigh in on the issue through a referendum.