Rhode Island marijuana legalization will be under scrutiny when the state's attorney general hosts a forum at Brown University to get input from industry insiders and states where recreational pot is already legal. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post file)

Rhode Island marijuana legalization efforts to get a look-see at forum

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island marijuana legalization is slated to get some attention when Attorney General Peter Kilmartin hosts a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug.

Tuesday’s forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.

Representatives from states where marijuana is legal will also speak, including a representative from the city of Denver, another from the Washington attorney general’s office and a researcher from the Washington State Institute on Public Policy.

Massachusetts State Senator Jason Lewis, a Democrat who chairs the Massachusetts Special Senate Committee on Marijuana, will also speak.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo told reporters last month she’d be open to letting Rhode Island voters decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in 2006.