Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


RI Cannabis Oil Firm Strikes Research Partnership

Two Rhode Island companies – a cannabis oil manufacturer and a biotech farm – are collaborating on tests to see if cannabis oils can be used to treat respiratory diseases. The collaborative effort teams Providence-based Nature’s Comfort Meds, the cannabis oil maker, with Beech Tree Labs, which is developing therapies to treat pulmonary disease, fibrosis, […]

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Rhode Island May Add PTSD to MMJ Condition List

Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensaries could be in for a big boost in their customer base if a proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying MMJ conditions becomes law. A Rhode Island senator unveiled the legislation on Monday, saying it’s responsibility to help treat military veterans suffering from PTSD. Currently, […]

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RI Lawmakers to Propose MJ Legalization Bill

Lawmakers in Rhode Island plan to introduce bills this week that would legalize recreational marijuana in the nation’s smallest state. The bills, one slated for the state’s House of Representatives and the other in the Senate, are in response to a proposal last week by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to track medical marijuana plants […]

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Rhode Island Dispensaries Get Unexpected Help

Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensaries are about to get some extra help from an unexpected source – Gov. Gina Raimondo. Under a newly proposed budget plan Raimondo is backing, dispensaries would receive less competition from caregivers than they have in the past. The plan suggests new fees and plant count limits for caregivers, as […]

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MMJ Patient Boom in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s three medical cannabis dispensaries must be pleased: In the past two and a half years, their customer base has exploded. The number of registered patients has soared from 4,489 in 2013 to 11,620 currently, according to the Providence Journal. That’s likely at least partially due to a big increase in the number of […]

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Rhode Island Official Concerned About MJ Grows After Fire

A five-alarm fire this week at a building that housed the headquarters of a cannabis association in Rhode Island – among other businesses – now has at least one state official worried about the safety of marijuana cultivation operations.

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Rhode Island Starts on Path to Recreational Cannabis

Rhode Island is seen as a leading candidate to legalize recreational cannabis this year, and now state lawmakers finally have a pair of bills to consider. A pair of Democratic legislators are sponsoring two identical measures (one in the Senate, one in the House) to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, which would pave the […]

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Rhode Island’s First MMJ Vape Lounge Opens

Two entrepreneurs have opened Rhode Island’s first vape lounge, a bold venture in a state with no defined law on such businesses. Kevin Cintorino and Ray Diao opened Elevated, the state’s first lounge that allows MMJ patients to use vaporizers, because they often have a hard time finding places to use their medication, according to […]

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Final Rhode Island Dispensary Opens Wednesday

The smallest state in the nation will get its third and final medical marijuana dispensary on Wednesday, according to a Rhode Island TV station. Summit Medical Compassion Center, located in the town of Warwick, will serve at least 25 patients who have been approved by the state so far, with another 50 waiting for the […]

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