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Rhode Island Unlikely to Allow More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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The Rhode Island House of Representatives revealed their budget plan. It was passed by the House Finance Committee and is headed to the full House for a vote this week. The proposal, however, could mean trouble for Governor Gina Raimondo’s plans to expand access to medical marijuana.

Expanding access would increase the number of licenses available for medical marijuana dispensaries, the Miami Herald reports. The governor seeks to make 12 more licenses available to make the total number of dispensaries statewide 15. The House has a different idea.

The only part of Governor Raimondo’s proposal that was carried over was allowing out-of-state cardholders to access medical marijuana in Rhode Island. The plan to increase licenses was removed from the budget plan.

It isn’t said whether the efforts to increase the number of dispensaries will continue yet.