Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Rhode Island Dispensary to Begin Home Delivery

Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center has been given the green light to deliver medical marijuana to patients – the first dispensary in the state to receive such approval. Because of health department restrictions, only about 5% of Greenleaf’s customers are eligible for the home-delivery service, owner Seth Bock told the Providence Journal. Each patient must have […]

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More Oversight on Rhode Island MMJ Industry Urged

A marijuana working group in Rhode Island is lobbying for greater oversight of the state’s medical cannabis industry, saying MMJ can be linked to a series of violent crimes and even murders. The group – which was created by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and is largely composed of law enforcement officials – wants police to […]

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RI Legalization: Increasing Support, Election-Year Difficulties

Legislative support for Rhode Island’s proposed law to legalize recreational cannabis is growing, according to the bill’s sponsor. However, election-year realities may delay the bill’s passage to 2015. State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence) said that 29 members of Rhode Island’s House of Representatives have signed on to the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act – more than […]

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Email Marketing Under Attack in R.I.

Rhode Island’s attorney general has put the kibosh on email marketing campaigns for the medical marijuana industry there. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin contacted the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center to denounce the company’s direct email marketing campaigns, which had promoted discounts on medical marijuana products during the Holidays. The dispensary has stopped the campaigns. […]

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Which states will legalize recreational marijuana in 2014?

This article is the first in a two-part series. Next week, we’ll highlight states with the best chances of passing medical marijuana legislation this year. The marijuana industry has enjoyed mainstream headlines since Colorado rolled out its recreational marijuana industry on Jan. 1. But advocates for legalization haven’t been resting on their laurels.

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Rhode Island Gov: 2014 “Too Soon” for Legalization

Rhode Island looked to be on track to become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana. But the state’s governor, Lincoln Chafee, is pumping the brakes. On Tuesday, Chafee said the state should wait a year before proceeding with marijuana legalization to see how recreational laws work out in Colorado and Washington. Chafee did not […]

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Rhode Island OKs 1st MMJ Consultant

Rhode Island’s health department has given initial approval to a consulting firm that will help patients join the state’s medical marijuana program. The decision could make the firm, called B&B Consulting, the country’s first medical marijuana consulting firm to gain approval from a state health department. The Warwick-based firm has two doctors on staff: Timothy […]

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Rhode Island Welcomes First MMJ Center, Becomes 11th State in US With Dispensaries

The first medical marijuana center in Rhode Island opened its doors today, ushering in a new era for the state’s fledgling MMJ industry after lengthy delays raised doubts about its future. The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence opened its doors at 10 am to registered patients. It’s been a long time coming: Rhode […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Medical Marijuana Moving Forward in MA + Snapshot of Dispensary Startup Costs

Something monumental is happening in Massachusetts: The state is actually moving forward with medical marijuana regulations at a surprisingly rapid pace. Last week, the state’s health department released its near-term regulatory timeline, setting March 29 as the target date for the release of its proposed rules covering the MMJ industry. A public hearing will be […]

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Rhode Island Projections Shed Light on Dispensary Startup Costs, Annual Revenues

Want to get an idea of startup costs, revenue potential and other financial data tied to launching and running a medical marijuana dispensary? Look to Rhode Island. Documents filed recently by two groups planning to open dispensaries in the state – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center and Greenleaf Compassion Center – provide a snapshot […]

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Lawmakers in 4 States to Push for Marijuana Legalization as Cannabis Reform Gains Momentum

Let the domino effect begin. Lawmakers in four states plan to submit bills that would legalize marijuana for adult use and tax cannabis sales, spurred by similar successful measures in Colorado and Washington. State representatives in Rhode Island and Maine will announce in a teleconference tomorrow their intentions to introduce marijuana legalization bills for debate […]

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