In a historic vote, the Rhode Island legislature has approved a measure that would legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis. The Rhode Island Cannabis Act now moves to the desk of Gov. Dan McKee, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

With McKee’s signature, Rhode Island would become the 19th state to legalize the adult use of marijuana.

Under the terms set by the bill, the first adult-use cannabis stores could open as soon as Dec. 1, 2022.

The vote wasn’t even close

After years of debate on the issue, today’s vote wasn’t even close. The state Senate passed the bill 32-6, and the House passed its version 55-16.

The House vote followed 90 minutes of debate, as the bill’s opponents expressed a variety of arguments against…

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