RI Could Become First State To Legalize Pot Without Voter Approval

RHODE ISLAND:  Governor Lincoln Chafee could become the first governor in America to legalize marijuana without putting the decision to the voters.

After attending a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., last week, Chafee discussed the possibility of “pot for potholes” – using marijuana sales revenue for infrastructure improvement – by passing a bill approved by state lawmakers.

At least one local expert thinks it’s a dangerous proposition. [Read more…]

Colorado’s Experience With Legal Pot Has Governors Curious

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper has a firm answer to other U.S. governors asking him about marijuana as source of revenue: Just say no.

Hickenlooper said this weekend that about a half-dozen called or asked him at this weekend’s National Governors Association meeting in Washington about his state’s experience legalizing recreational pot. They want to know about the potential to collect money and avoid the costs of enforcement and incarceration, he said.

Colorado projected last week that sales would generate more than $100 million a year toward a general fund of about $9 billion. [Read more…]