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KEEPING WATCH: Levi Tracy, part of the grow staff at medical marijuana cultivator Hangar 420 in Warwick, tends the near-harvest plants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Budding medical marijuana cultivator has high expectations for expansion

A marijuana company called Hangar 420 recently landed in Rhode Island, bringing with it a cargo of rare strains such as “Do Si Sherbert”...
THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION introduced in the General Assembly on March 1 could bring in $20 million annually in state tax revenue, but supporters say the payoff could be much bigger. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Supporters of legalized cannabis touting the financial benefits

State leaders are banking on $18 million to $20 million in additional tax revenue annually if the recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana...

Employers still harboring concerns over marijuana legislation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island employers say lawmakers have heard their pleas by adding greater employer protections in legislation to legalize marijuana in the state,...

Businesses still wary of legal marijuana

After several false starts, this looks to be the year recreational marijuana use is legalized in Rhode Island. Business opposition is the most significant remaining...

GA bill reignites debate to legalize recreational marijuana in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Democratic legislative leaders say they are intent on passing legislation this year to legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the Ocean State....

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...

Union: Greenleaf marijuana dispensary worker reinstated after claiming wrongful termination

PORTSMOUTH – A worker at the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center who claims he was wrongfully terminated in June for his union organizing efforts has...
RHODE ISLAND SENATE President Dominick J. Ruggerio, left, and House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talk at the Statehouse earlier this month. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Top R.I. legislators confident recreational marijuana will pass ‘overwhelmingly’ in upcoming...

PROVIDENCE – After months of negotiations, House and Senate leaders say they're nearly ready to introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana that will have...
KEEPING TRACK: Spencer Blier, right, founder and CEO of licensed marijuana cultivator Mammoth Inc. in Warwick, watches as Rob Cornell harvests some of the product. Blier says banking and tax accounting are made more difficult because federal law prohibits the cannabis industry. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For cannabis industry, bookkeeping not easy

Stories of cannabis business owners carrying around backpacks filled with cash while doing business are symbolic of an industry saddled with the challenges that...

Five medical marijuana dispensaries selected for licenses

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Office of Cannabis Regulation selected five medical marijuana dispensary applicants to receive licenses to operate during its lottery held at...

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