Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


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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Rhode Island governor calls for delay in legalizing rec marijuana

A state that industry watchers have predicted would be among the next to legalize recreational marijuana – Rhode Island – appears to have hit a speed bump when it comes to legalization. Rhode Island’s governor is calling on lawmakers to delay passing legislation that would legalize adult-use cannabis. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration sent a letter to […]

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RI medical marijuana panel sets first meeting in eight years

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 the oversight […]

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Rhode Island yanks MMJ grow application after owners arrested

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 and Thomas […]

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States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 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.

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Rhode Island awards inaugural cultivation licenses

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 still buy […]

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Rhode Island estimate: $15M in tax revenue from MJ legalization

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 has made […]

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Rhode Island issues emergency measures to meet MMJ demand

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 patients, the […]

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Rhode Island Adds PTSD to Medical Cannabis List

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 approved medical-marijuana […]

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