Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Sales Rocket 43%

John Schroyer  | August 12, 2015

Medical marijuana sales in Rhode Island jumped a whopping 43% during the fiscal year that ended in June, totaling $9.6 million as the industry hit its stride.

MMJ Patient Boom in Rhode Island

John Schroyer  | July 24, 2015

Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensaries must be pleased: In the past two and a half years, their customer base has exploded.

The number of registered patients has soared from 4,489 in 2013 to 11,620 currently, according to the Providence Journal.

That’s likely at least partially due to a big increase in the …

Rhode Island Official Concerned About MJ Grows After Fire

John Schroyer  | March 12, 2015
A five-alarm fire this week at a building that housed the headquarters of a cannabis association in Rhode Island - among other businesses - now has at least one state official worried about the safety of marijuana cultivation operations.

Rhode Island Starts on Path to Recreational Cannabis

John Schroyer  | March 6, 2015

Rhode Island is seen as a leading candidate to legalize recreational cannabis this year, and now state lawmakers finally have a pair of bills to consider.

A pair of Democratic legislators are sponsoring two identical measures (one in the Senate, one in the House) to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, which would …

Who’s Next: States With the Best Chances of Legalizing Rec or Medical Marijuana in 2015

John Schroyer  | February 17, 2015

By John Schroyer

Let the lobbying begin.

Lawmakers across the country are introducing bills to legalize medical or recreational cannabis at the state level this year, galvanizing marijuana advocacy groups and sparking hopes that the industry is poised for yet another expansion.

Twelve states have passed

Rhode Island’s First MMJ Vape Lounge Opens

Tony C. Dreibus  | January 19, 2015

Two entrepreneurs have opened Rhode Island’s first vape lounge, a bold venture in a state with no defined law on such businesses.

Kevin Cintorino and Ray Diao opened Elevated, the state’s first lounge that allows MMJ patients to use vaporizers, because they often have a hard time finding places to use their medication, …

Rhode Island Dispensary to Begin Home Delivery

Chris Walsh  | November 4, 2014

Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center has been given the green light to deliver medical marijuana to patients – the first dispensary in the state to receive such approval.

Because of health department restrictions, only about 5% of Greenleaf’s customers are eligible for the home-delivery service, owner Seth Bock told the Providence Journal.

Each patient …

More Oversight on Rhode Island MMJ Industry Urged

Fred Dreier  | April 17, 2014

A marijuana working group in Rhode Island is lobbying for greater oversight of the state’s medical cannabis industry, saying MMJ can be linked to a series of violent crimes and even murders.

The group – which was created by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and is largely composed of law enforcement officials – wants …

RI Legalization: Increasing Support, Election-Year Difficulties

Marijuana Business Daily staff  | March 19, 2014

Legislative support for Rhode Island’s proposed law to legalize recreational cannabis is growing, according to the bill’s sponsor. However, election-year realities may delay the bill’s passage to 2015.

State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) said that 29 members of Rhode Island’s House of Representatives have signed on to the Marijuana Regulation, Control and …

Email Marketing Under Attack in R.I.

Fred Dreier  | February 6, 2014

Rhode Island’s attorney general has put the kibosh on email marketing campaigns for the medical marijuana industry there.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin contacted the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center to denounce the company’s direct email marketing campaigns, which had promoted discounts on medical marijuana products during the Holidays.

The dispensary has stopped …