Background checks taking place before cannabis commission announcement
After announcing publicly that members of Rhode Island’s Cannabis Control Commission would be chosen by the end of January the Governor’s office has now confirmed that more time is needed before that can happen. According to a tweet from 12 News WPRI reporter Steph Machado a spokesperson for the Governor went on the record to explain that the Rhode Island Cannabis Act requires full background checks on the list of candidates.
The background checks are described as “extensive” which could delay the appointments by a number of weeks. The Governor will choose three individuals to run the Rhode Island Cannabis Control Commission once the background checks are complete. The Commission will be responsible for regulating the new adult-use cannabis industry as well as expanding the industry from a handful of stores to a maximum of 33 recreational dispensary licenses.