Senator Joshua Miller at the State House Monday. Photo by Steve Klamkin, WPRO News.
By Steve Klamkin and Kim Kalunian, WPRO News
Senator Joshua Miller, who sponsored the marijuana decriminalization law that went into effect today, thinks the state should go a step further and regulate and tax the sale of pot.
Miller, a Cranston Democrat, said the taxation would give “revenue to education and treatment, where there is none right now.”
At a press conference on Monday, Miller shared his stance, and was joined by members of other organizations that support the decriminalization of the drug.
“The claim is that there’ll be astronomical increases in marijuana use,” said Dr. David Lewis, founder of Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. “One of the interesting features of scientific study is that this simply hasn’t happened.”
Miller has introduced legislation along with Senators Donna Nesselbush and Frank Lombardo to create the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act.