Advisory board formation among feedback at first RI listening session
Rhode Island’s Cannabis Control Commission recently held their first listening session to hear feedback from stakeholders about the state’s new marijuana industry. One major concern that was raised is the need for the commission’s advisory board to be established in order to give the new agency much needed advice and recommendations. Governor Dan McKee is responsible for appointing three of the eight voting members of the advisory board members but has not done so yet, leading many to question when the Commission will get the insight it needs to move forward.
Several in attendance urged Commissioners to expedite the process involved with awarding new dispensary licenses and suggested switching to a merit-based system for selecting qualified applicants rather than using a lottery. The Commission has scheduled a total of four listening sessions in order to gather additional input. These insights and recommendations will play a crucial role in shaping Rhode Island’s marijuana landscape as the commission strives for an informed and inclusive cannabis market.