Rhode Island Awards Cannabis License to three Warwick-based companies; Medici Products & Solutions, Inc., OSCC, LLC., and Evergreen Gardens, LLC.
These are the only three companies in the state allowed to sell marijuana to the state’s three dispensaries after undergoing final state inspections.
Evergreen Gardens’ cannabis license, for now, forbids the company from selling to Summit Medical Compassion Center, said Matt Sheaff, a spokesman for the state Department of Business Regulation. The state is waiting to receive documentation from the Massachusetts Department of Health that Evergreen’s principal, Armand Lusi, has officially resigned from his role with a pending Massachusetts dispensary where he was working with Summit’s general manager, Napolean Brito.
Rhode Island officials said the cannabis license situation was problematic because of the overlapping relationships, and Lusi agreed to cut ties with the Massachusetts company — the Wellness Connection of MA.
Another four companies have had their applications approved by the state and need to undergo inspections before they can be licensed. They are: IDBP, LLC of Warwick; Dirtworx, LLC, of Warwick; GrowingGreen RI of West Warwick; and Best Buds Nursery, LLC of West Warwick.
There are more than 2,800 medical marijuana caregivers and 16,360 patients in the state who can legally grow their own marijuana. Many of these caregivers could have been selling excess cannabis to dispensaries until now.
Is this coming to Maine?
That seems to be the question from many Maine growers. “Are we going to lose our rights?”
The simple answer is that no one seems to know. Legislators have nine months to implement regulations and Governor LePage has already asked for more time, before they even start.
In Rhode Island, as of Dec. 31, 2016, the emergency regulations prohibit licensed caregivers from selling their medical marijuana to licensed compassion centers, prompting the state to fast-track cultivator licensing. Rhode Island is taking this approach in an attempt to give patients access to a wider variety of strains and to regulate caregivers more closely so as to prevent the flow of medical marijuana to the black market.
Many people wonder if the passage of recreational marijuana may send more cannabis growers back underground and to the black market.