PROVIDENCE, R.I. â€” Rhode Island leaders are looking at following Massachusetts on the path to legalizing recreational marijuana.
Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday sheâ€™ll take a more serious look after Massachusetts voters approved a pot legalization ballot measure last week.
The Democrat says itâ€™s not a race to get ahead of the neighboring state. She wants to get the regulations right and remains concerned about safety.
Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says heâ€™s ready to take up legislation next year because marijuana will become readily available to Rhode Islanders traveling across the Massachusetts border, causing concerns without the tax revenues to address them.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio says heâ€™s also preparing to act.
Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Massachusetts on Dec. 15 but retail sales wonâ€™t begin until at least 2018.
By The Associated Press