Rhode Island cannabis business license application information.
Rhode Island has legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana for adult use. The state’s recreational cannabis market is expected to open in late 2023 or early 2024, following the passage of legislation in November 2022.
To operate a marijuana business in Rhode Island, interested parties will need to obtain a license from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR), which will be responsible for regulating and overseeing the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of cannabis products in the state.
The specific details of the licensing process have not yet been established, as the state is still in the process of developing regulations for its recreational cannabis market. However, it is likely that there will be several different types of licenses available, including cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and retail licenses.
In the meantime, Rhode Island allows for the use of medical marijuana, which has been legal since 2006. Medical marijuana patients can purchase up to a 30-day supply of marijuana from licensed dispensaries.
It is important to note that while Rhode Island has legalized marijuana for recreational use, it is still illegal at the federal level. Therefore, businesses operating in the marijuana industry are subject to potential federal prosecution, although the likelihood of this has decreased in recent years.