Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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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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