Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Cannabis business takeaways for week ending Feb. 1 (SLIDESHOW)

Washington state regulators contemplate allowing small marijuana farmers to sell to consumers directly, co-owners of Sweet Leaf make plea deals, and California lawmakers take another swing at lowering state MJ taxes for businesses – plus other important news from around the cannabis industry.

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Despite reluctance, adult-use marijuana could be a priority for RI lawmakers in 2019

Opportunities for new and brisk cannabis businesses could develop in a number of states that might legalize adult-use marijuana in 2019, according to some industry experts. One state on that radar is Rhode Island. And, noting some hesitancy, the state’s Democratic lawmakers said they will likely discuss whether to legalize recreational cannabis in 2019. Gov. […]

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Rhode Island starts allowing medical cannabis sales to out-of-state patients

Rhode Island began allowing the state’s three medical marijuana dispensaries to sell cannabis to out-of-state MMJ patients this month. But it’s “far too early” to assess what impact sales to out-of-state-residents will have on Rhode Island’s cannabis supply or retail receipts, Chris Reilly, a spokesman for the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, told Marijuana […]

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Rhode Island budget to boost medical marijuana dispensary fee from $5K to $250K

The Rhode Island General Assembly has approved a state budget that includes a proposal to increase the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay for licenses from $5,000 to $250,000. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will sign the budget Friday. Previously, the governor had proposed a plan to open 12 more medical cannabis dispensaries in the […]

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Week in Review: Connecticut medical marijuana hopefuls, PA suit & Florida hits 100,000 patients

Connecticut receives dozens of applications from aspiring medical cannabis entrepreneurs, a Pennsylvania court tosses a lawsuit that could have undone the state’s medical marijuana program, and Florida hits 100,000 MMJ patients. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. East Coast MMJ rising News that Connecticut regulators received […]

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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 12 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 […]

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