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Pawtucket marijuana dispensary removes billboards along I-95

PROVIDENCE – A Pawtucket marijuana dispensary has removed the three advertising billboards it had erected along Interstate 95, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Monday.  The R.I....

McKee nominates 3 for R.I. Cannabis Control Commission

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Wednesday announced his three appointments to the R.I. Cannabis Control Commission, which will be tasked with regulatory...
CANNABIS PRODUCTS are on display at Mother Earth Wellness Center in Pawtucket, one of the Rhode Island locations that started selling recreational marijuana on Dec. 1. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Rhode Island be moving faster to expand its retail cannabis...

When Gov. Daniel J. McKee signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act into law last May, it gave him a deadline. He had 40 days to...
TAKING THE LEAD: Swansea-based BayCoast Bank is one of the few banks that has offered financial services to cannabis-related businesses in Massachusetts, and BayCoast Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Risk Officer Gary J. Vierra says the bank is doing the same in Rhode Island as retail cannabis sales ramp up.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many banks remain leery despite legalized cannabis

As recreational cannabis sales take off in Rhode Island, opening and running a business still isn’t exactly simple for these merchants. For one, a delayed...

Cannabis arrest practices must be overhauled

More than 300,000 people were arrested for cannabis possession in 2020, FBI records show. Meanwhile, the drug is being legally sold for a profit...
SPECIAL ­EXPERTISE: ­Steven Monacelli, an accountant with expertise in cannabis at Withum Smith+Brown PC in Providence, with Brittany Crosi, marketing ­coordinator.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

New cannabis firms warned about financial hurdles

New cannabis-related businesses are opening throughout the state ahead of Rhode Island’s official legalization of recreational marijuana sales, but specialized accountants are warning enthusiastic...
POTENTIAL PAVILION: Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Stacey Johnson shows the area where a new, $12 million educational facility and events pavilion will be built if Rhode Island voters approve a $50 million “green economy” bond measure.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

MONEY MATTERS: $400M in bond issues on R.I. ballot as borrowing...

Matt Dunn and Rainer Lohmann are among the top researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, but it’s tough to...
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

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...

PBN summit: R.I. cannabis industry to face interstate competition, but ‘we’re...

WARWICK – By the end of the year, Rhode Island officials expect seven retail outlets will have begun selling recreational cannabis, said Matthew Santacroce,...
NEW DAY: Rhode Island is now the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. The new law allows employers to prohibit marijuana use in the workplace but doesn’t define how to determine whether an employee is under the influence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SALERNO

Employers must set the standard for impairment under marijuana law

Once Massachusetts, then Connecticut legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults, local business leaders who have long opposed it knew Rhode Island would eventually...
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