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TALKING POINT: State Rep. Scott A. Slater, second from left, speaks during one of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ The Business of Cannabis Summit on Sept. 7. Also participating was, from left, Kelly Wishart, chief operating officer of Coastline EAP; Drew Richards, director of Marcum LLP; Benjamin Rackliffe, partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; and Kristyn M. Glennon, first vice president and Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering officer of BayCoast Bank. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Workplace still a place of confusion on cannabis

Both employers and employees have continued to grapple with the role of cannabis in the workplace as Rhode Island’s recreational market continues to develop. “We’ve...
STATE REP. SCOTT A. SLATER, second from left, speaks during one of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2023 Business of Cannabis Summit at the Providence Marriott on Thursday morning. Also on the panel, from left, is and Kelly Wishart, chief operating officer of Coastline EAP/RISAS; Drew Richards, director of Marcum LLP; Benjamin Rackliffe, partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara LLC; and Kristyn M. Glennon, first vice president and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering officer of BayCoast Bank. The discussion was moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, far right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: Cannabis sector ‘a struggle’ but making progress

PROVIDENCE – As the R.I. Cannabis Control Commission takes the next several months to draw up the state's crucial first set of regulations on...
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...

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...
SUPPORT GROUP: Cranston Democrat Sen. Joshua Miller, left, and Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey, right, introduced legislation last spring to legalize recreational marijuana, with the backing of Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center. It passed the Senate but died in the House. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PLANTING THE SEED: Stakes are high as R.I. officials lay groundwork...

It’s really no longer a matter of “if” recreational use of marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island. Now it’s more a question of...

McKee taking ‘wait and see’ approach on cannabis legislation

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee said he is adopting a “wait and see” approach regarding recreational marijuana legislation that is sitting at a...

Nursing home staffing bill passes R.I. Senate

PROVIDENCE – Legislation requiring a set number of hours of daily care for nursing home residents and a pay raise for certified nursing assistants...

Battle looms over R.I. nursing home bill

State legislation that would hike pay rates for certified nursing assistants, would require nursing home caregivers to spend more time with each resident and...
LEGISLATION INTRODUCED this month in the General Assembly proposes creating a statewide water authority to centralize oversight and operations of the 490 public water-supply systems in Rhode Island. / COURTESY ­PROVIDENCE WATER SUPPLY BOARD

Can water ease Providence’s pension woes?

Is water part of the answer to the fiscal woes of Providence? Legislation introduced this month in the General Assembly proposes creating a statewide water...
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