Rhode Island leaders announce picks for Cannabis Advisory Board
Rhode Island is preparing to revamp their cannabis regulations with Governor Dan McKee, House Speaker Shekarchi, and Senate President Ruggerio unveiling their selections for the 19-member Cannabis Advisory Board. This group will coordinate with the Cannabis Control Commission, and delve into areas like public health, commerce, and social equity focused on the Rhode Island’s recreational and medical cannabis programs. Expected to start its work this fall, the board represents a mix of expertise from diverse fields, reflecting Rhode Island’s intention for a comprehensive cannabis policy approach.
Gov. McKee’s picks include figures like Angela Bannerman Ankoma and Stuart J. Procter. Shekarchi’s choices hail from the legal and housing realms, such as Angelyne E. Cooper-Bailey. Ruggerio’s nominations encompass educators and legal experts, including Dr. Mary J. Archibald. Ruggerio and Shekarchi highlighted the broader goal of the state’s cannabis policy by noting that the goal is to not only end prohibition but to redress past wrongs and ensure an equitable industry.