Senate Resolution #277 (2017)

JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA

Creates a 15 member commission to review and make recommendations on the effects of legalizing marijuana, and who would report back to the General Assembly by March 1, 2018, and expire on July 1, 2018.

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  • 2017 – S 0277
  • 2017 – S 0277 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF
  • LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
  • LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
  • Introduced By: Senators Coyne, Seveney, Metts, DiPalma, and Sosnowski
  • Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • WHEREAS, The effects of legalizing marijuana have not been fully vetted and analyzed in Rhode Island; and
  • WHEREAS, Data and analysis from Colorado and Washington, as states that have legalized recreationaluse of marijuana, can help inform the conversation in Rhode Island; and
  • WHEREAS, The effects on all populations should be considered, including students, and adults and youth in recovery; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of fifteen (15) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be a representative from Smart Approaches to Marijuana or a similar organization, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Substance Use Mental Health Council of RI, or designee; one of whom shall be a member of an organization that is a proponent for the legalization of marijuana, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Medical Society, or designee; one of whom shall be a member of a local chamber of commerce, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Director of the Department of Health, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Police Chief's Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the Attorney General, or designee; and one of whom shall represent medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the President of the Senate.
  • In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the politicalparty which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the generalpublic.
  • WHEREAS, The effects of legalizing marijuana have not been fully vetted and analyzed in Rhode Island; and
  • WHEREAS, Data and analysis including, but not limited to, Colorado and Washington, as states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana, can help inform the conversation in Rhode Island and also include a review of the costs, benefits, and societal impact; and
  • WHEREAS, The effects on all populations including children, young and older adults, as well as students, and adults and youth in recovery should be considered; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of twenty-two (22) nineteen (19) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be a representative from Smart Approaches to Marijuana or a similar organization, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Substance Use Mental Health Council of RI, or designee; one of whom shall be a member of an organization that is a proponent for the legalization of marijuana, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Medical Society, or designee; one of whom shall be a member of a local chamber of commerce, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Director of the Department of Health, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Police Chief's Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the Attorney General, or designee; one of whom shall represent medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be an educator in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be a mental health professional, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the local chapter of DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality), or designee; one of whom shall be a local representative of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR), to be appointed by the Board President of the DFCR; one of whom shall be a criminal defense attorney, to be jointly appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate; and one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, or designee.
  • In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
  • The purpose of said Commission shall be to conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations regarding marijuana and the effects of its use on the residents of Colorado and Washington to the extent available, and to study the fiscal impact to those states; and thereafter the potential impact on Rhode Island.
  • Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and organize. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall each select one member to serve as co- chairpersons of the commission.
  • Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
  • The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
  • All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to facilitate the purpose of this resolution.
  • The Joint Committee on Legislative Services is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters for said commission; and be it further
  • RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and results to the General Assembly on or before March 1, 2018, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2018.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF
  • LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
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  • This resolution would create a fifteen (15) member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive review and make recommendations on the effects of legalizing marijuana, and who would report back to the General Assembly on or before March 1, 2018, and said commission would expire on July 1, 2018. ======== LC001375 ========
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  • RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and results to the General Assembly on or before March 1, 2018, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2018. ======== LC001375/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 22, 2017 at 5:25pm
Yeas: 34 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey NV
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller NV
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE IN CONCURRENCE

June 28, 2017 at 4:57pm
Yeas: 68 / Nays: 2 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale N
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin N
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater NV
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y