RHODE ISLAND BECOMES 19TH STATE TO END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION

RHODE ISLAND BECOMES 19TH STATE TO END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION
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Cannabis and the Law Foley Hoag LLP Posted on May 26th, 2022 by Cecilia Oyediran On May 24th, Governor Daniel McKee signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act  (the “Act”) into law, making the Ocean State the 19th state to legalize cannabis for adult-use. While adult-use retail sales will not launch in the state until on or after December 1, 2022, adults 21 and older can now legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants for personal use, only three of which can be mature. The following summary provides an overview of the key provisions under the Act. Regulatory Oversight: Who’s In Charge? The Act establishes a new independent regulatory body, the Cannabis Control Commission (the “Commission”), which will be responsible for overseeing the adult-use and medical cannabis programs in Rhode Island. The Commission will be comprised of 3 commissioners to be appointed by the Governor. The Commission will be authorized to issue licenses to cannabis cultivators, product manufacturers and wholesalers, retailers, and independent testing laboratories, and establish regulations for the industry. The Act also establishes a cannabis advisory board, which will consist of 11 voting members and 8 non-voting members, who will provide advice, recommendations, and proposals to the Commission. The Office of Cannabis Regulation (“OCR”) will be established after the final rules and regulations are issued and will serve as the administrative arm of the commission. Licensing Cultivation If you are interested in obtaining an adult-use cultivation license in Rhode Island, you will have to wait for years, unless you are currently a medical operator in the state. The Act creates a moratorium on issuing new cannabis cultivator licenses until two (2) years after the final issuance of the Commission’s rules and regulations. This moratorium does not apply to existing medical cultivators, who will be permitted to cultivate, manufacture…

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