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Rhode Island's Adult-Use Cannabis Launches Thursday

Rhode Island is ringing in the Holidaze with cannabis! Adult-use cannabis sales begin this Thursday.

The Rhode Island Cannabis Act, signed into law by Gov, Dan McKee last May allowed for "hybrid retail licenses" so existing medical centers could sell both medical and adult-use products to residents 21+.

So far, here are the dispensaries that have received the green light: - Aura of Rhode Island, located in Central Falls - Thomas C. Slater Center in Providence - Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket - Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth - RISE Warwick in Warwick

“This milestone is the result of a carefully executed process to ensure that our state’s entry into this emerging market was done in a safe, controlled and equitable manner,” stated Gov. Dan McKee. “It is also a win for our statewide economy and our strong, locally based cannabis supply chain, which consists of nearly 70 licensed cultivators, processors and manufacturers in addition to our licensed compassion centers. Finally, I thank the leadership of the General Assembly for passing this practical implementation framework in the Rhode Island Cannabis Act and I look forward to continuing our work together on this issue.”

Under the measure, adults aged 21+ can purchase and possess up to an ounce of cannabis and keep 10 ounces at home for personal use. Adults can also home-grow up to six plants, including three mature and three immature plants. The state plans to license 33 cannabis retail locations in total and impose a 10% excise tax on the industry alongside the state’s 7% sales tax, with an additional 3% tax which will go to municipalities.

Despite Rhode Island's small size, legalization could have an impact on neighboring states.

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