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End delay on cannabis commission

It’s been nearly a year since state lawmakers passed legislation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. But while existing medical cannabis dispensaries started...
OPENING DAY: Eddie Keegan, left, chief operating officer, and Joseph Pakuris, co-owner, are ready to welcome customers on opening day at Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pawtucket dispensary offers cannabis careers

When Pawtucket-based Mother Earth Wellness Inc. announced it would be expanding into the retail sphere, the interest from prospective employees was enormous, said co-owner...
SWEETSPOT DISPENSARY will open for recreational cannabis sales on Tuesday at 560 South County Trail, Exeter. It will be the sixth licensed cannabis retailer in the state. / COURTESY JASON WEBSKI

Exeter dispensary to begin recreational cannabis sales Tuesday

EXETER – A sixth hybrid cannabis dispensary will begin offering recreational sales in the state on Tuesday. Sweetspot Dispensary, operated by Plant Based Compassionate Care,...
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...

R.I. cannabis retailers confident as recreational sales officially begin

PROVIDENCE – Local dispensaries were confident Thursday that Rhode Island can now compete against neighboring states that had a head start in the industry...
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

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,...

R.I. lawmakers approve recreational marijuana, sales to start Dec. 1

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is poised to become the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana, with state lawmakers in both chambers approving legislation Tuesday. The...

Recreational marijuana bill on fast track to passage after key GA...

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers are fast-tracking a proposal to legalize and sell recreational marijuana, with committees in both chambers of the R.I. General Assembly approving...
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