Rhode Island Becomes 16th State to Launch Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

Rhode Island Becomes 16th State to Launch Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

<![CDATA[Rhode Island joined neighboring Massachusetts and beat next-door Connecticut to the punch with the launch of adult-use cannabis sales Thursday morning, officially becoming the 16th state to expand commercial access to those 21 and older. Five existing compassion centers were given approval from the state’s Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR) to commence adult-use sales Dec. 1 with hybrid retail licenses: Aura of Rhode Island (Central Falls)Thomas C. Slater Center (Providence)Mother Earth Wellness (Pawtucket)Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center (Portsmouth)RISE Warwick (Warwick) Mother Earth was the first to open its doors with a 5 a.m. start in Pawtucket, and Karen Ballou, who owns Cultivating RI, a licensed cultivator, was the dispensary’s first adult-use customer, WPRI reported. “It’s very exciting; it’s been a long time coming,” Ballou told the news outlet about taking part in the first adult-use sale in the state. “It’s been a long six, six and a half years for me to get to this point, for all of us to get to this point, so it was important to be the first sale.” While Rhode Island became the 16th state to launch a commercial adult-use retail program, it was the 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis in the U.S. when Gov. Dan McKee signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act on May 25, 2022. The legislation allows adults 21 and older to purchase up to 1 ounce of cannabis at a time and keep no more than 10 ounces for personal use at a primary residence. In addition, the legislation legalized the home cultivation of up to six plants (three mature). The roughly six-month turnaround from legalization to sales represents one of the fastest adult-use rollouts in the nation. Arizona, which legalized adult-use cannabis in the November 2020 election, launched sales less than three months later (Jan. 22, 2021). “This milestone is the result…

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