Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical cannabis dispensary offers to help Rhode Island plug budget hole

Rhode Island’s largest medical marijuana dispensary has offered to help the state find a way to come up with $5 million.

According to the Providence Journal, a representative of the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center told House lawmakers the dispensary would help the state find a “solution” to the state’s budget problems.

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Rhode Island committee postpones recreational marijuana recommendation

The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island hit a snag when a state commission delayed until next year issuing a recommendation that could have advanced the adult-use issue. The commission – a group of medical marijuana patients, clinicians and law enforcement officials that was formed in June – won’t release a recommendation on whether […]

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Rhode Island governor seeks to expand medical marijuana program

Rhode Island’s governor is making another push to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s $9.4 billion state budget plan for the 2019 fiscal year includes: Establishing 15 more medical marijuana dispensaries. Adding acute pain to the list of MMJ qualifying conditions. Allowing Massachusetts and Connecticut cardholders to buy medical cannabis in Rhode Island. […]

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Rhode Island considering medical marijuana deliveries

Fearful of how recreational legalization in neighboring Massachusetts could affect their businesses, Rhode Island’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are pushing state regulators to allow them to start delivering to their patients. Rhode Island regulators – apparently in favor of MMJ deliveries – are preparing to review the dispensaries’ proposals, according to the Providence Journal. Both […]

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Rhode Island seeing big increase in medical cannabis growers, patients

Both the number of hopeful medical cannabis cultivators and registered patients have shot up over the past year in Rhode Island, yet another indication of the continuing growth for MMJ businesses in even some of the nation’s smallest markets. According to the Providence Journal, Rhode Island has 18 licensed MMJ growers, and an additional 93 […]

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Rhode Island dispensary owner fears Massachusetts’ recreational cannabis

At least one of Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensary chiefs is afraid the launch of the Massachusetts recreational market will be the death of his business. Seth Bock – the CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth – told a Rhode Island legislative committee that unless officials make changes to the MMJ program, […]

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Rhode Island governor may renew bid to add MMJ dispensaries

While saying she’s “not in a rush” to see Rhode Island legalize recreational marijuana, Gov. Gina Raimondo may again seek an expansion of medical cannabis businesses in the state. A more pressing need to Raimondo is giving medical marijuana patients “access to the medicine that they need,” the Journal reported, and she’s contemplating asking the legislature […]

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MA holding company helps Israeli MMJ firm expand US reach

Medical marijuana research firm Tikun Olam has expanded its partnership with a canna-centric Massachusetts holding company that will eventually increase the Israeli business’ U.S. footprint to seven states. Under its new agreement with Newton, Massachusetts-based holding company MariMed, Tikun Olam’s MMJ products will be grown, manufactured and sold in four states where MariMed has a presence – […]

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Rhode Island to form recreational cannabis study commission

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 […]

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Rhode Island gov wants to triple medical marijuana dispensaries 

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 […]

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