With sales of recreational marijuana scheduled to begin Dec. 1 at Rhode Island’s medical marijuana dispensaries, officials at some of those establishments are anxious to know what specific requirements they’ll have to follow.
That guidance is coming next month, said Matt Santacroce, acting deputy director of the state Division of Business Regulation and head of its Office of Cannabis Regulation.
“There absolutely is going to be a very detailed guidance process around that,” Santacroce said Friday. “It’s in the process of being developed right now.”
RI marijuana regulations
That guidance will include such details as whether dispensaries must have separate doors or customer lines for medical and recreational use marijuana sales, and how much marijuana product must be reserved for medical marijuana patients.
Early general guidance issued by the DBR in July said only that the dispensaries must have “a sufficient supply of safe, regulated product available for both adult use and medical purchasers.”
Mass. recreational marijuana laws
Next door in Massachusetts, which has had recreational marijuana sales since 2018, the requirements for “colocated marijuana operations,” or CMOs, are specific.
There, the law says that a dispensary selling both medical and recreational use marijuana for less than six months must reserve 35% of its product for patients.