Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Rhode Island awards inaugural cultivation licenses

Omar Sacirbey  | January 6, 2017

Rhode Island regulators have awarded the state’s first commercial medical cannabis grow licenses to three companies in the city of Warwick: Medici Products & Solutions, OSCC and Evergreen Gardens.

The newly licensed cultivators will be allowed to sell medical marijuana to the state’s three existing dispensaries. Those dispensaries are all vertically integrated but …

Rhode Island estimate: $15M in tax revenue from MJ legalization

Omar Sacirbey  | December 27, 2016

Rhode Island could net $10 million-$15 million in tax revenue during the first year of cannabis sales if it legalizes recreational marijuana, the states’s governor told the Providence Journal.

It’s the latest indication from Gov. Gina Raimondo that her administration is considering regulating and taxing adult-use cannabis. It’s also the first time an administration official …

Rhode Island issues emergency measures to meet MMJ demand

Bart Schaneman  | October 28, 2016

Rhode Island regulators have issued emergency rules that create a new class of private medical marijuana cultivators to help meet a potential supply shortfall.

The growers will replace patient caregivers as a key MMJ supply source for the state’s three dispensaries, which aren’t producing all the different strains needed to supply Rhode Island’s more than 15,000 …

Rhode Island Adds PTSD to Medical Cannabis List

Omar Sacirbey  | July 15, 2016

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law legislation adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis.

It’s not clear how many new patients this will mean for the state’s three licensed dispensaries, but the market could expand significantly.

Through July 5, there were 14,693 patients with …

RI Cannabis Oil Firm Strikes Research Partnership

Omar Sacirbey  | June 13, 2016

Two Rhode Island companies – a cannabis oil manufacturer and a biotech farm – are collaborating on tests to see if cannabis oils can be used to treat respiratory diseases.

The collaborative effort teams Providence-based Nature’s Comfort Meds, the cannabis oil maker, with Beech Tree Labs, which is developing therapies to treat pulmonary disease, fibrosis, …

Rhode Island May Add PTSD to MMJ Condition List

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2016

Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensaries could be in for a big boost in their customer base if a proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying MMJ conditions becomes law.

A Rhode Island senator unveiled the legislation on Monday, saying it’s responsibility to help treat military veterans suffering from …

RI Lawmakers to Propose MJ Legalization Bill

Omar Sacirbey  | February 9, 2016

Lawmakers in Rhode Island plan to introduce bills this week that would legalize recreational marijuana in the nation’s smallest state.

The bills, one slated for the state’s House of Representatives and the other in the Senate, are in response to a proposal last week by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to track medical …

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 …