Rhode Island Will Launch Adult-Use Cannabis Sales on Schedule

Rhode Island Will Launch Adult-Use Cannabis Sales on Schedule

<![CDATA[Following through on a quick legalization-to-sale turnaround, Rhode Island will commence its commercial adult-use cannabis retail program Dec. 1, Gov. Dan McKee and the state’s Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR) announced Tuesday. The expanded program will launch with five existing medical operators, called compassion centers in the state, that have received approval for hybrid licenses: Aura of Rhode Island (Central Falls)Thomas C. Slater Center (Providence)Mother Earth Wellness (Pawtucket)Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center (Portsmouth)RISE Warwick (Warwick)While Rhode Island was the 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis in the U.S. when McKee signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act on May 25, 2022, it will now become the 16th state to implement a retail program. “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,” McKee said in the Nov. 22 announcement. “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.”While the approved legislation included a provision for municipal authority, allowing local government officials to opt-in or put a referendum before their voters, the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries, as well as existing cultivators, manufacturers and testing facilities, were grandfathered in and will now be the first to serve the state’s expanded market. In addition to the five dispensaries, there are 48 licensed cultivators approved for hybrid licenses to grow cannabis for both the adult-use and medical marketplaces as of Nov. 22, according to the state’s Department of Business…

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