PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A special legislative commission is looking into the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island as the state's northern neighbor readies to allow recreational marijuana sales.

Bills to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island have stalled in previous legislative sessions.

The General Assembly agreed in June to look into the issue further by creating the commission, which met for the first time Wednesday.

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Jennifer McDermott ~ Associated Press via WCVB.com