Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical marijuana regulations

Rhode Island’s top medical cannabis regulator, hired in 2016 to help reform a decade-old but loosely regulated program, is resigning to accept a new position in New York.

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Marijuana layoffs continue

Michigan temporarily prohibited the sale of cannabis vaping products so they can be tested for the vitamin E acetate compound, which is linked to a nationwide vaping crisis that has led to 47 deaths and 2,290 lung illnesses.

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Week in Review: Mexico moves toward recreational cannabis legalization, vape firm Pax cuts jobs, Northeast govs huddle & more

Mexico prepares to become the most populous nation in the world to legalize adult-use marijuana, vape company Pax cuts 25% of its workforce, governors of Northeast states consider working together to legalize recreational MJ – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. Mexico prepares to legalize recreational cannabis Mexico’s Senate is ready to receive a […]

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Experts weigh in on prospects for regional cannabis coordination among US Northeast governors

Democratic governors from five states in the Northeast last week agreed on core principles for a legal recreational marijuana industry across the region. The idea is that there would be uniform standards for market regulation, including: Licensing. Taxation. Minority participation. Small-business participation. THC potency. But how realistic is it that the Northeast could, in effect, become […]

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Seeking fairness for medical cannabis firms, RI gov sues over control of state’s industry

Rhode Island’s governor is asking a judge to declare the Legislature’s control over new medical marijuana and hemp regulations unconstitutional. Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she’s suing in Superior Court because the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in provisions of the state budget, violated the constitutional guarantee of separation of powers by giving itself the right to veto, […]

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Maine’s largest medical marijuana firm at heart of business dispute

Maine’s biggest medical cannabis operator is trying to end its relationship with a company behind its fast-growing edibles operation. Wellness Connection, based in Portland, Maine, contends CanWell of Rhode Island is to blame for $14 million in losses caused by low yields from its extraction equipment and processes. CanWell, meanwhile, says the charges were trumped […]

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Rhode Island cannabis company seeks arbitration against Acreage Holdings

Acreage Holdings, one of the largest multistate operators in the U.S. marijuana market, faces a demand for arbitration from a Rhode Island company that claims Acreage violated a contract agreement. CanWell filed an arbitration request alleging that New York-based Acreage breached a noncompete portion of an operating agreement the companies signed in 2018 by pursuing competing […]

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Rhode Island budget proposal seen as setback to medical marijuana growers

Amid ongoing complaints that Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis  dispensaries control the market – making it difficult for stand-alone cultivators to succeed – the state’s lawmakers released a budget that would license six vertically integrated companies to cultivate, manufacture and retail cannabis products. Medical marijuana cultivators in the state see the proposed budget as creating […]

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Rhode Island rejects medical marijuana as treatment for opioid addiction

The Rhode Island Department of Health declined to make opioid dependency a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program – a setback to MMJ companies that might have enjoyed a boost in sales if it had seen approval. The state’s health director wrote in a decision that any debilitating disease, medical condition or treatment […]

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Despite ‘monopoly’ concerns, Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program on upswing

At first blush, Rhode Island’s tiny medical marijuana market looks like a disaster for cannabis entrepreneurs: The state’s MMJ program is dominated by three vertically integrated businesses, wholesale prices are falling, and the Ocean State’s 41 stand-alone growers must battle over a small customer pie. But Rhode Island medical cannabis officials are increasingly optimistic. They […]

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Rhode Island medical cannabis sales hit new highs

Rhode Island’s medical marijuana market is posting record numbers, with the state’s three MMJ retailers on track to total about $56 million in sales this year, up $17.8 million, or 46.6%, from last year. The Providence Journal reports area doctors, including those in nearby Massachusetts, have written recommendations for MMJ to the more than 18,000 registered […]

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Rhode Island lawmakers raise questions about plan to legalize recreational cannabis

Rhode Island lawmakers held their first joint hearing on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, but the measure received considerable pushback and prospects look dimmer without some reworking or compromises. The Providence Journal reported the state’s Senate Finance and Judiciary committees lawmakers had several criticisms about the plan unveiled this week, including that it provides too […]

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