The state of Rhode Island legalized medical cannabis in 2006, through a Legislative bill, Senate Bill 710, which provided a legal way for qualifying patients in the state to access and utilize medical cannabis as a form of treatment for their ailment. Access to medical cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell medical cannabis. Learn more about how to get a Rhode Island marijuana business license or schedule a complimentary consultation with our licensing expert, below.
NUMBER OF MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE
There is a limited number of marijuana business licenses available in Rhode Island. The regulating department has opened the application period for six (6) new compassion center licenses.
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Compassion Center: allowed to acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers who have designated the compassion center as one of their primary caregivers. Currently, there are only three (3) operating licensed compassion centers. On July of 2020, the department announced licensing six (6) additional compassion centers within the state. These additional six (6) licensed compassion centers will only be permitted to operate as a dispensary, and will be considered to allow for cultivation and manufacturing if there becomes a need for additional supply. The state will be accepting applications for the six (6) additional licenses from July 17, 2020 – December 15, 2020. The department will accept applications and issue these licenses through a fair and transparent lottery-based licensure process established.
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Cultivator: allowed to acquire, possess, manufacture, cultivate, deliver, or transfer medical marijuana to licensed compassion centers and to another licensed medical marijuana cultivator. The department awarded 74 cultivator licenses and is no longer accepting applications to license additional cultivators.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN RHODE ISLAND
To obtain a marijuana business license in Rhode Island, you will be required to submit an application. As part of the application, you will be required to submit marijuana business plans such as the following:
- Business Plan
- Compliance Plan
- Security and Safety Plan
- Operations Manual
Schedule for a complimentary 15-min consult with our licensing/application expert to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
ENHANCED OVERVIEW OF MARIJUANA IN RHODE ISLAND
In January of 2006, the possession and use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients was legalized in Rhode Island. Rhode Island registered compassion centers may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers who have designated the compassion center as one of their primary caregivers. Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary, The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, opened in April of 2013
When Governor Gina Raimondo signed the state’s budget for fiscal year 2020, the proposal allowed for the department to issue six additional medical marijuana compassion centers. The application fee was increased to $10,000 each and the licensing fee was increased to $500,000 each. On March 5, 2020 new regulations governing the state’s medical marijuana businesses were released.
RHODE ISLAND MARIJUANA TIMELINE
2006 – Rhode Island legalized medical cannabis
2013 – First Rhode Island medical cannabis businesses opened, and medical cannabis sales began
2020 – State began accepting applications for additional medical marijuana compassion centers
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