Rhode Island Awards First Three Cultivator Licenses

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On Jan. 4, 2017, Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation issued licenses to the state’s first three medical marijuana cultivators, all of which are based in Warwick.

All three recipients, Medici Products & Solutions, OSCC and Evergreen Gardens, had their applications approved in early December, with their licenses issued approximately one month later, as reported by the DBR.

Four additional cultivators have had their applications approved by the DBR, but have yet to receive licenses. According to the Providence Journal, six more applications are still pending.

“Based on what we’ve have so far, I would not be surprised if we got another 13 applications in over the next two weeks,” said Norman Birenbaum, the DBR’s Principal Policy & Economic Analyst, to the Providence Journal.

According to the emergency regulations passed on Oct. 26, 2016, “Licensed cultivator applications may be submitted to DBR for consideration through April 30, 2017. The application period will be re-opened each subsequent year during the months of January, February, and March.”

As of Dec. 31, 2016, the emergency regulations prohibit licensed caregivers from selling their medical marijuana to licensed compassion centers, prompting the state to fast-track cultivator licensing. Rhode Island is taking this approach in an attempt to give patients access to a wider variety of strains and to regulate caregivers more closely so as to prevent the flow of medical marijuana to the black market.

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