Rhode Island To Begin Adult-Use Cannabis Sales on Dec. 1

Rhode Island To Begin Adult-Use Cannabis Sales on Dec. 1
High Times

Adults in Rhode Island will be able to legally purchase marijuana starting next week. The state announced on Tuesday that recreational cannabis sales will kick off there on December 1. “This milestone is the result of a carefully executed process to ensure that our state’s entry into this emerging market was done in a safe, controlled and equitable manner,” Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee said in a statement. “It is also a win for our statewide economy and our strong, locally based cannabis supply chain, which consists of nearly 70 licensed cultivators, processors and manufacturers in addition to our licensed compassion centers. Finally, I thank the leadership of the General Assembly for passing this practical implementation framework in the Rhode Island Cannabis Act and I look forward to continuing our work together on this issue.” McKee, a Democrat, signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act into law in May after members of the state General Assembly passed the bill. The governor said at the time that the legislation “successfully incorporates our priorities of making sure cannabis legalization is equitable, controlled, and safe.” “In addition, it creates a process for the automatic expungement of past cannabis convictions. My Administration’s original legalization plan also included such a provision and I am thrilled that the Assembly recognized the importance of this particular issue. The end result is a win for our state both socially and economically,” McKee said in a statement at the time.  Per the release from McKee’s office in May, the measure “calls for a 20 percent tax rate, split up into the 7 percent sales tax, a new 10 percent cannabis tax, and a 3 percent tax by the municipality where the marijuana is sold,” while also making “numerous investments in the creation of an equitable, accessible cannabis retail market through…

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