According to a recent study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Rhode Island consumes more marijuana per capita than any other state in the U.S.
According to the study, 13 percent of Rhode Islanders (age 12 and up) have smoked marijuana in the past month, which is nearly four percent more than neighboring states Massachusetts and Connecticut.
So, using the Colorado model, it would appear that Rhode Island would stand to significantly benefit from legalizing, regulating, and taxing the sale of marijuana. According to Jared Moffat, the Director of Regulate Rhode Island, the Ocean State would also benefit from the creation of new jobs to service a legalized cannabis market. Colorado created 11,000 jobs in the six months that they adopted legalized marijuana sales.
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