Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Big cannabis companies scale back amid coronavirus, raising questions about industry’s overall health

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing serious jitters among large cannabis companies, with a growing list of multistate marijuana operators scaling back by laying off workers and shuttering operations in a bid to slash costs. The widespread cutbacks this week by Acreage Holdings, MedMen Enterprises and 4Front Ventures also call into question the overall health of the marijuana industry […]

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Rhode Island poised to triple number of medical marijuana dispensaries

Rhode Island regulators are expected in the coming weeks to announce the licensing application period for six new medical cannabis dispensaries. The new licenses awarded by the Department of Business Regulations will be assigned using a lottery system, according to Providence TV station WPRI. Currently, Rhode Island has only three operating dispensaries, called compassion centers in […]

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Medical cannabis business opportunities could swell in several states this year

Several states could expand their medical cannabis programs this year through new laws or regulatory policies, opening the door to additional business licenses, more sales for existing cannabis operators and fresh business for ancillary companies. The business prospects in the eight states listed below might not be as glitzy as new, hundred-million-dollar-plus cannabis markets. But […]

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Rhode Island governor presses for adult-use cannabis legalization to keep pace on East Coast

Rhode Island’s governor is pitching an unconventional recreational marijuana legalization plan centered on state-owned stores operated by private contractors, which would offer modest business opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. The move reflects growing pressure to legalize adult-use cannabis along the East Coast after Massachusetts launched its recreational marijuana industry in 2018. It also dovetails legalization efforts by governors in Connecticut, […]

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Rhode Island governor proposes adult-use marijuana in budget

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondi is proposing to legalize recreational cannabis, despite opposition from legislative leaders. Her annual budget proposal would create an adult-use MJ program controlled by the state. The first marijuana stores would open in March 2021. Under the Democratic governor’s plan, the state would: Determine the location of retail facilities. Control inventory […]

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Rhode Island lawmakers seek to change medical cannabis rules

Rhode Island legislative leaders said Wednesday they’re seeking to undo a change to how medical marijuana stores are regulated. The action comes in response to a lawsuit by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo. A provision in the state budget approved in 2019 gave lawmakers the right to veto regulations imposed on the cannabis industry. Raimondo sued, […]

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Marijuana vaping ban

A judge cleared the path for Montana to enforce a temporary emergency ban on flavored vaping products, including those containing THC

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Rhode Island politicians opposing legal recreational marijuana

Rhode Island Senate leaders said they won’t support legalizing adult-use cannabis if Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo proposes legalization in 2020. Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio said recreational marijuana will have a negative impact on the state’s youth. And Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, also a Democrat, said he worries how legalization could impact worker safety, […]

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Marijuana research

More than 20 congressional lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration allow federally-licensed researchers to buy products from state-legal dispensaries to study the medical benefits and risks of cannabis.

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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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