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Five Questions With: Matthew Santacroce

Matthew Santacroce | Chief, R.I. Office of Cannabis Regulation 1. How much recreational marijuana has been sold since Dec. 1? Did these initial sales numbers meet...

House speaker’s aide reportedly linked to mafia pot startup resigns

PROVIDENCE – A top aide to House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi resigned Thursday amid claims he was linked to an illegal marijuana startup with...
LAYING DOWN THE LAW: State Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, second from right, discusses a new Rhode Island law legalizing recreational marijuana use and its retail sales. Also on one of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2022 Business of Cannabis summit on Sept. 15 are, from left, Matthew Santacroce, R.I. Department of Business Regulation interim director; and Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara LLC.
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Delayed commission appointment process expected to stall new cannabis retailers

PROVIDENCE – Though regulated recreational cannabis sales are set to begin in Rhode Island on Dec. 1, for some looking to break into the...
A WORKER AT Mammoth Inc., one of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators, tends to the marijuana plants at its Warwick location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Discussions about marijuana sales now move to local level

Rhode Island may have legalized recreational marijuana, but now the debate will begin among local municipal officials about where that marijuana will be sold. While...

With recreational marijuana legal, industry scrambles to prepare for Dec. 1...

PROVIDENCE – The countdown is on for recreational marijuana, with six months until existing medical marijuana stores can start selling to adult users. Some proponents...

Are you satisfied with compromise legislation legalizing recreational marijuana use in...

Two key General Assembly committees on May 18 quickly approved legislation to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana by adults in Rhode...

Recreational marijuana bill appears poised for passage with compromise reached

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers appear to have ironed out their differences over how to regulate recreational marijuana, striking a compromise in amended legislation unveiled by...
MASSACHUSETTS recreational marijuana shops posted more than $20 million in sales in 2019, according to the state. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

Push again on in R.I. to legalize recreational marijuana use

PROVIDENCE - The push to legalize recreational marijuana is officially back on in the Ocean State, with the introduction in the Senate of a...
HURDLES AHEAD: Steven J. Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts and keynote speaker at PBN’s The Business of Cannabis Summit at the Omni Providence Hotel on Feb. 26, says there are formidable obstacles for anyone considering a cannabis enterprise, partly because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, which has negative implications for banking and taxes. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Mass. cannabis chief offers guidance for Ocean State

When Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, many felt that Rhode Island would shortly follow suit. But that hasn’t happened yet. And the...

No avoiding discussion of legal pot

Some state political leaders hoped to avoid the challenging task of getting to a balanced budget without the additional $21.8 million in new revenue...
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