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Rhode Island: Medical Dispensary Expansion

Update: On May 18 the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended measure be held for further study. SB 176 is currently pending in the Rhode Island Senate. This Senate Bill would amend the state’s Medical Marijuana Act, which currently only permits three medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the entire state, and increase this to a maximum … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced

Update: Members of the House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced H. 5551 on May 17, but failed to call The Adult Use of Cannabis Act for a vote. The study bill now awaits action on the House floor while H. 5555 is likely dead for this session. Update: Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, a lead sponsor on the … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Marijuana Legalization Measure Forthcoming

A coalition of Rhode Island lawmakers has vowed to reintroduce a marijuana legalization this legislative session.   The bill will allow adults 21 and older to possess cannabis and will establish a framework for businesses to cultivate and distribute marijuana. While the language is similar to that of previous bills that have failed to come … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Governor Signs Legislation To Provide PTSD Patients With Medical Marijuana Access

Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation, House Bill 7142, to make post-traumatic stress patients eligible for medical cannabis treatment and to accelerate access to those patients in hospice care.  Members of both chambers previously overwhelmingly approved the measure. Full text of the bill is available here.  The law takes immediate effect.  Post traumatic stress patients and those … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Senate Committee Holds Marijuana Legalization Measure For Further Study

A coalition of Rhode Island lawmakers, including a majority of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation, Senate Bill 2420, to permit the personal cultivation and commercial retail sale of marijuana. Senate Bill 2420, also known as The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act, would regulate the commercial production and retail sale of … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Measure to Expand Safe Access to Medical Marijuana Held For Further Study

Legislation was pending, H 7808, to double the number of state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries from three to six. Doing so would have increased safe access facilities for Rhode Island’s estimated 12,000 state-qualified medical marijuana patients. While state law permits for the home cultivation of cannabis, many patients are too ill to grow their own … Continue reading »

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Rhode Island: Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Rules For Licensed Hemp Production

On Tuesday, July 12th, Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation, H8232, to establish rules for the commercial, licensed cultivation of hemp in the state.  The legislation creates the “Hemp Growth Act” to treat hemp as an agricultural product that may be legally produced, possessed, distributed and commercially traded. The Department of Business Regulation will be responsible for … Continue reading »

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