Rhode Island Demand for Medical Marijuana Skyrocketing

While state lawmakers consider legalizing recreational pot this year, sales of medical marijuana continue to hit new highs.

The reason isn’t just that more people are ailing, state regulators say.

The state’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are on pace to sell about $56 million worth of medicinal pot in fiscal 2019, said Norman Birenbaum, the state’s top marijuana regulator. That’s $17.8 million, or 46.6 percent, more than in fiscal year 2018. Continue reading “Rhode Island Demand for Medical Marijuana Skyrocketing”

Rhode Island Legislatures to Introduce Plan for Marijuana Legalization in 2018

 Marijuana legalization advocates are planning to introduce a scaled-back version of their legislation that would legalize the drug next year but put the brakes on immediate plans for retail stores.

While the previous version of the bill called for legalizing the drug immediately, the new proposal calls for taking that step in July 2018 when recreational pot shops are slated to open in Massachusetts. In the interim, a six-person Cannabis Advisory Board would be established to study how the state should go about creating a recreational marijuana market. Continue reading “Rhode Island Legislatures to Introduce Plan for Marijuana Legalization in 2018”

Rhode Island Attorney General launches anti-recreational marijuana legalization campaign

Rhode Island’s attorney general is launching a campaign against the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a Democrat, says he’s announcing a united opposition campaign at his office Thursday. Continue reading “Rhode Island Attorney General launches anti-recreational marijuana legalization campaign”