rhode island marijuana laws growing

Two or more cardholders may cooperatively cultivate marijuana in residential or non-residential locations subject to the following restrictions:

STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES OPERATIONAL

Yes, the caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. Primary caregiver may assist no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana. Patients can appoint no more than one caregiver.

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PATIENTS

Yes, up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location. Must be stored in an indoor facility.

The acquisition of an interest in Summit officially puts Green Thumb in almost half of the legal cannabis markets in the United States. As of now, it operates in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Rhode Island. According to its website, Green Thumb has licenses for at least 111 retail locations nationwide and it also operates at least 16 separate manufacturing facilities. According to some third-party estimates, Green Thumb is among the 15 largest marijuana companies in the world.

For Green Thumb, securing a foothold in the expanding Rhode Island market could prove lucrative; there remains limited competition in cultivation and a strong possibility of a major market expansion. Earlier this summer, the Rhode Island Senate voted 29-9 to legalize adult recreational-use marijuana. That bill also called for a moratorium on new cultivation licenses until July 2023. That would mean that Green Thumb now possesses one of the few vertical licenses available along with one of only three (current) retail locations, giving the company significant exposure to a rapidly growing market in the Northeast.

Green Thumb Industries (“Green Thumb”) has announced that it has closed a deal to acquire one of only three existing medical cannabis dispensaries in Rhode Island, further expanding the Chicago-based company’s substantial footprint in the legal marijuana industry nationwide. Green Thumb is acquiring CanWell Processing and Mobley Pain Management and Wellness Center, each of which held stakes in Summit Medical Compassion Center (“Summit”), a medical marijuana dispensary in Warwick. The specifics of the deal remain undisclosed.

(a) A qualifying patient cardholder who has in his or her possession a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, solely for the medical use of medical marijuana; provided that the qualifying patient cardholder possesses an amount of medical marijuana that does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and twelve (12) immature marijuana plants that are accompanied by valid medical marijuana plant tags, two and one-half ounces (2.5 oz.) of dried medical marijuana, or its equivalent amount which satisfies the requirements of this chapter, and an amount of wet medical marijuana to be set by regulations promulgated by the department of business regulation. The plants shall be stored in an indoor facility. Marijuana plants and the marijuana they produce shall only be grown, stored, manufactured, and processed in accordance with regulations promulgated by the department of business regulation;

Chapter 28.6
The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act

(d) No school or landlord may refuse to enroll, or lease to, or otherwise penalize, a person solely for his or her status as a cardholder. Provided, however, due to the safety and welfare concern for other tenants, the property, and the public, as a whole, a landlord may have the discretion not to lease, or continue to lease, to a cardholder who cultivates, manufactures, processes, smokes, or vaporizes medical marijuana in the leased premises.

R.I. Gen. Laws � 21-28.6-4

(j) A primary caregiver cardholder, who has in his or her possession a registry identification card, shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for selling, giving, or distributing, on or before December 31, 2016, to a compassion center cardholder, marijuana, of the type, and in an amount not to exceed that set forth in subsection (f), if: