Gov. Gina Raimondo will propose within the next week that Rhode Island legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use, she said.

The state is facing the “inevitable” prospect of being encircled by states that have legalized recreational marijuana, she said.

“I will say, I do this with reluctance,” the Democrat told The Providence Journal for a story published Sunday.

“I have resisted this for the four years I’ve been governor. ... Now, however, things have changed, mainly because all of our neighbors are moving forward” with legalization.

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