Less than six months after marijuana was legalized in Rhode Island the state is starting to accept applications for recreational dispensaries and cultivation facilities. The Office of Cannabis Regulations published the applications on their website. Rhode Island law gives existing medical marijuana compassion centers the ability to sell adult use cannabis as a hybrid cannabis retailer starting December 1, 2022. There are currently four compassion centers in operation today. Six additional companies in Rhode Island hold a medical marijuana dispensary license but have not yet opened their doors. Existing medical marijuana cultivators are also exclusively eligible for a hybrid license to begin cultivating adult-use cannabis. Both the dispensary and cultivation applications are less than 10 pages in length.
According to the application licensees will need to familiarize themselves with METRC, which will be used to track both plants and inventory moving forward. METRC RFID tags will be available for order starting November 1st at which point licensees can begin to upload plant and inventory information to the METRC system. All licensees must transition to the METRC system no later than December 1st, 2022. The application requires licensees to take the METRC training by November 11th and import all current inventory into METRC no later than November 21, 2022.
Find out more from GrownIn on their website here: https://grownin.com/2022/10/14/rhode-island-opens-au-retail-apps-to-medical-operators/
Visit the the Department of Business Regulation website to see the hybrid licensing forms here: https://dbr.ri.gov/office-cannabis-regulation/applications-and-forms?fbclid=IwAR0QMZK39Qxcjm9a3lkaqDFxQ_8d_DzzgBd3gvVJl6P0nWhiA60LpqJVm_Y