PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A push to regulate and tax marijuana in Rhode Island has ramped up this year, as other New England states consider it.

“I think the reality is that if Massachusetts moves forward on this issue before Rhode Island does, there will be stores along the border, customers will cross the border and spend their money in Massachusetts,” said Jared Moffat of Regulate Rhode Island.

Massachusetts is considering placing a referendum to tax and regulate marijuana on this year’s November ballot.

The bill being considered in Rhode Island would legalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults over 21.

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