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RI lawmakers to propose legalizing marijuana

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is returning to the state's General Assembly after failing to pass in previous years.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Slater, of Providence, says he plans to introduce the bill in the House this week while Democratic state Sen. Joshua Miller, of Cranston, says he plans to introduce it in the Senate.

Their moves come after Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced in her annual spending plan last week that she wants to raise more than $8 million by charging medical marijuana patients an annual fee of $150 and caregivers a fee of $350 for each marijuana plant they grow.

Slater and Miller say the state should place the tax burden on recreational users instead of patients who need it as medicine.

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