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RI approves 5 adult-use marijuana retailers as Dec. 1 launch nears

Five licensed medical marijuana providers in Rhode Island received state approval on Tuesday to sell in the state’s adult-use market, which launches Dec. 1.

Under the transition, medical marijuana dispensaries – called compassion centers in Rhode Island – applied for “hybrid retail licenses,” which allow them to sell into both the MMJ and recreational markets.


The five approved businesses are:

Aura of Rhode Island in Central Falls. Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center, Portsmouth. Mother Earth Wellness, Pawtucket. Rise, Warwick. Thomas C. Slater Center, Providence.

“This milestone is the result of a carefully executed process to ensure that our state’s entry into this emerging market was done in a safe, controlled and equitable manner,” Gov. Dan McKee, a Democrat, said in a news release.

At the conclusion of Election Day, only voters in six 25 Rhode Island cities rejected proposed bans on adult-use sales within

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