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RAPID TESTERS: PureVita Labs LLC co-founders, from left foreground, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Jason Ianuccilli and Stuart Procter, meet with Chief Operating Officer Andrew Austin, background, at the West Warwick marijuana testing facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PureVita aiming to become New England’s premier marijuana testing lab

Typically, in states where the green, leafy substance has been legalized, the testing of retail and medical marijuana by government-certified labs is conducted by...
LOTS OF GREEN: Spencer Blier, left, CEO and founder of Mammoth Inc. in Warwick, one of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators, in his facility with Lucas Molak, plant operations and solventless ice water technician. Mammoth generates $100,000 to $120,000 in cannabis sales per month. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Homegrown cannabis venture becomes Mammoth cultivation and sales operation

Cannabis seeds mature into budding plants that sit submersed in 13-gallon buckets of water, nurtured with injections of nutrients, oxygen and artificial sunlight until...
GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted, 21 to 1, to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, on April 6. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

As R.I. cannabis industry grows, so does unionization

As the cannabis industry is poised to expand in Rhode Island, the move to unionize its workers is gaining momentum. The latest example: Workers at...
THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND is seeking to create a lottery system to grant six new licenses for medical-marijuana dispensaries by May 14. / AP FILE PHOTO

A lot is riding on cannabis license lottery

With Rhode Island poised to issue licenses for six new cannabis dispensaries, some applicants say the selection process will hamper the chances of experienced...
TED GRILLO, left, and Matthew Baryshyan are two cultivation workers at the Ocean State Cultivation Center in Warwick. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 and Ocean State Cultivation Management jointly announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a contract that will make the cultivation center the state’s first unionized cannabis business./COURTESY OCEAN STATE CULTIVATION CENTER

With agreement, Ocean State Cultivation Center becomes R.I.’s first unionized cannabis...

PROVIDENCE – The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328 and Ocean State Cultivation Management jointly announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a...

Application period open for 6 compassion center licenses in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Applications for six compassion center licenses will be accepted until Dec. 15, the R.I. Department of Business Regulation announced July 17. In July...
DO-IT-YOURSELFER: Nishan Han wants to grow industrial hemp in Rhode Island to provide products for his CBD shop in Newport. / COURTESY MIA CAMPOPIANO PHOTOGRAPHY

CBD store has plans to produce its own stock

Nishan Han hopes to plant his first hemp crop this spring and to harvest it by fall. If his plans are successful, Han, the CEO...
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo last year introduced a proposal to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in Rhode Island but it was not approved. While she prepares to reintroduce a similar proposal, both House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio have expressed opposition to such a measure. / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Do you support Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s proposal to create state-run...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s fiscal 2021 budget plan would legalize adult recreational marijuana sales. But instead of privately run stores, such as how medical marijuana...

New Bedford City Council amends host agreement to allow sale of...

NEW BEDFORD – The City Council voted, 10-1, to approve an amendment to Beacon Compassion Inc.’s existing Host Community Agreement for medical marijuana that...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY leaders said they were filing legislation Wednesday to address separation of power issued related to the licensing and regulation of compassion centers in Rhode Island. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

GA leaders step up dispute with Raimondo over marijuana regulations

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello planned to file legislation on Wednesday challenging Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's...

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