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Rhode Island rejoins multistate nurse licensure compact

PROVIDENCE – Following a six-year pause, Rhode Island has opted back into a shared licensure program that allows nurses to practice throughout most of...

Cranston lawmaker faces additional obstruction charge in car keying incident

CRANSTON – A prominent state lawmaker is facing an additional charge for allegedly damaging a resident’s vehicle last month at the Garden City Center, according...

Obamacare consumer protections enacted in state law

PROVIDENCE – State lawmakers have taken steps to enact many of the consumer protections of the federal Affordable Care Act in state law, in...
OUTREACH PREP: Emergency physician Dr. Rebecca Karb, third from left, speaks with health officials and House of Hope Community Development Corp. outreach workers before going to meet with homeless clients.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid housing shortage, access to care wavers

Sitting next to a campfire in a homeless encampment in a wooded area in Providence, emergency room physician Dr. Rebecca Karb found herself looking...
JUMPED THE BORDER: ­Edward Dow, CEO of Massachusetts-based Solar Cannabis Co., has opened a dispensary in Warwick. He’s seen sales in Rhode Island growing steadily while business in Massachusetts has declined. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Cannabis complications: Promising marijuana industry falling short of expectations

Dr. Jason Iannuccilli has invested a lot in his lab in the past year. Like many entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, the co-founder of Pure­Vita...

R.I. cannabis sector still in waiting mode

Nearly four months after the legalization of the recreational use of cannabis, the fledgling industry in Rhode Island is being stifled by delays in...

McKee proposes R.I. ban on assault weapons

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee joined other state leaders on Tuesday at the Statehouse in proposing a ban on assault-style weapons in Rhode...
THIRTY-ONE cities and towns in Rhode Island will be voting to decide whether to allow cannabis retail sales in their communities at licensed locations. Because of a limited number of available licenses, not every community that OKs sales will have a cannabis shop within their borders. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

31 communities facing the cannabis question: Allow sales or not?

The way the state law legalizing recreational cannabis is written, it’s easier for cities and towns to allow the sale of marijuana in their...
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.
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

How to control cannabis in workplace remains tricky

The newly legalized status of recreational cannabis is causing a stir among some Rhode Island employers that are wrestling with developing workplace policies and...
RHODE ISLAND business leaders say the new recreational marijuana law provies enough protections for employers to create workplace drug policies suitable for their individual companies. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business community accepts R.I. cannabis act

After years of fighting against the legalization of recreational marijuana use, many Rhode Island business leaders say they’re now satisfied with parts of the...
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