Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Rhode Island to form recreational cannabis study commission

Omar Sacirbey  | June 23, 2017

Rhode Island’s Senate and House of Representatives voted to end their debate over recreational marijuana legalization bills and instead created a 19-person commission to study the issue.

Among the commission’s mandates – after the Senate agreed Thursday with an earlier House vote to halt any MJ legislation – is the exploration of the recreational markets …

Rhode Island gov wants to triple medical marijuana dispensaries 

Bart Schaneman  | June 15, 2017

Rhode Island’s governor has called for an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries in the state and a hike in licensing fees to generate another $1.5 million in revenue.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo submitted a budget amendment June 9 calling for “no less than six licensed compassion centers,” the Providence Journal reported.

The existing three centers …

Recreational marijuana legalization in Vermont still a possibility despite veto

Omar Sacirbey  | May 25, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

At first blush, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s veto Wednesday of a limited recreational marijuana bill delivered a major blow to legalization efforts in the state and hopes for a new cannabis industry there.

But the governor, in fact, left the door open to a compromise this year.

RI medical marijuana panel sets first meeting in eight years

Omar Sacirbey  | March 20, 2017

Eight years after its formation, a legislative committee tasked with overseeing Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program will meet for the first time on March 28.

It’s unclear why the “Legislative Oversight Commission of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act” wasn’t formed until now. But the Providence Journal reported that …

Rhode Island yanks MMJ grow application after owners arrested

Omar Sacirbey  | March 6, 2017

Two medical marijuana growers in Rhode Island awaiting final approval of their MMJ cultivation business license were arrested for possession and intent to distribute cannabis.

As a result, Rhode Island regulators have revoked their preliminary cultivation approval and application.

The State Department of Business Regulation in January gave initial approval to Warwick growers Stefanie Fischer …

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

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 …