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 well as a new fee for MMJ patients who grow their own, according to the Providence Journal.

The fees would be for new state tracking tags, which would cost $150 per plant for patients and $350 per plant for caregivers. Each plant is estimated to grow about $17,000 worth of MMJ, a state spokesman said, so the fees are just a fraction of the potential money at stake.

The move is meant to create a more “level playing field” between dispensaries and caregivers, the Journal reported.

Under the governor’s proposal, caregivers would also be limited to growing just six plants per patient (caregivers are already limited to a maximum of five patients).

9 comments on “Rhode Island Dispensaries Get Unexpected Help
  1. Adam Koh on

    Leaving aside the fact that everyone should be allowed to grow their own, just like any other plant, this is horribly misguided and based on figures that are absolutely wrong.

    At the current wholesale rate of $2,820 per pound in Rhode Island, according to cannabisbenchmarks.com, having plants worth $17k would mean each plant yields about 6 pounds of flower. While skilled outdoor and greenhouse cultivators can achieve such yields, most home-grown plants yield less than a pound, especially indoors. I have grown 3 pound plants indoors, but they were about 7 feet tall and in 25+ gallon containers (this was in a licensed medical grow in CO). Not many patients and home gardeners are working on this scale. Hopefully this idea gets shot down.

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  2. Uti on

    “Each plant is estimated to grow about $17,000 worth of MMJ, a state spokesman said” HIGHLY UNLIKELY! The state spokesman obviously added a zero to his estimate. A typical indoor or “sea of green” greenhouse plant only produces a few ounces of flower. A typical outdoor plant here in the Emerald Triangle will produce between 3/4 lb and 2 lb , with exceptional plants grown by master growers producing 5 to 7 pounds.

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  3. Gentle Jim on

    That home cultivation fee is asinine and criminal. 17,000$ value per plant is crazy for a small home grown plant and 150 $ a plant would force patients back to the black market. I think I smell a rat!!!!
    God bless all those who work to end the war on drugs.

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  4. Big Grow House on

    So ‘each plant is expected to produce $17,000’ which means at $400/oz then the state is saying that they expect each plant to produce 42.5 ounces per plant or 2.6 pounds. At $200/oz that’s a 5.3 pound plant. Are they not banning Miracle Grow? lol

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  5. Tom on

    They are forcing us to be “criminals”. The whole premise was and is the novel concept that even those without the means to buy retail can get their medicine. Another novel idea would be for the dispensary prices to be lowered.

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  6. LJXK on

    As a caregiver, I provide the medicine to my patients for FREE.

    How does this tax help anyone?
    You are really going to make me pass on the cost of the tax to the patient?
    Aren’t they suffering enough already?
    And what is the difference between this, and paying a tax to a drug cartel for growing?
    It is a plant.
    God isn’t charging us a tax for breathing.

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  7. ljxk on

    How does this tax help anyone?

    Dispensaries buy from caregivers to meet the demand of their customers.
    Caregivers are not in competition with dispensaries.
    And making a tax on caregivers is like a forceful attempt at creating a monopoly.
    As a caregiver, I provide the medicine to my patients for FREE.

    You are really going to make me pass on the cost of the tax to the patient?
    Aren’t they suffering enough already?
    And what is the difference between this, and paying a tax to a drug cartel for growing?

    First the government puts people in jail for it.
    Now they admit they lied about it having medicinal value.
    And now they want to tax it.
    — and what does the government do with taxes?
    Illegal wars?

    This is exactly like dealing with a drug cartel, or like paying the Mafia for protection.

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  8. btian on

    this is ridiculous $17,000 per plant are they smoking rocks and $150 each plant tag totally ridiculous how can they make the patients pay for plant tags and the big dispensaries don’t have to it’s just back with the whole system is backwards the state is becoming the black market they’re becoming the criminals making us pay left and right limited plant counts and it’s in that I personally smoke a lot soso I go through a lot of Bud and it’s just not feasible to go to The Dispensary everyday or every week whatever it’s not cost effective I don’t know how people do it but I cannot afford to give the dispensary all my money I can grow the product much cheaper but we got the wrong people in office making up these rules that have no clue about marijuana

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