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Group pushing for marijuana legalization to try again in legislature; says it'll help economy


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Activists will try again to convince the General Assembly to make Rhode Island the next state to legalize marijuana, saying it will help the struggling economy.

The head of Regulate Rhode Island says support for ending marijuana prohibition is growing. Alaska and Oregon this week became the latest states to approve legalization.

Jared Moffat says a system to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol would create jobs and bring in tens of millions of dollars in new revenue.

Former Rhode Island Medical Society President James Crawford also says regulation is better than prohibition because it allows states to ensure marijuana is safe.

Efforts to legalize marijuana last session stalled.

Democratic Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo does not support legalization. She says she wants to "wait and see" how legalization turns out elsewhere.

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