How to Work In Cannabis

Requirements by State

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Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

17States & DistrictsAdult use cannabis is legal
21States & DistrictsMedical cannabis is legal

How to get your cannabis license in:

Shape of Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Adult Use:
Market Overview:

In 2006, Rhode Island approved medical cannabis; and in May 2022, Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation, the Rhode Island Cannabis Act, that will open up the adult-use market.

On Dec. 1, 2022, existing medical retail stores will be permitted to sell adult-use cannabis. The state will add another 24 retail licenses, bringing the total number of Rhode Island dispensaries to 33.

Guidance for retailers is expected in October 2022.

Requirements & Application Process:

All plant-touching cannabis workers in Rhode Island must have a Registry Identification Card.

Here are the requirements to obtain a card:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Submit a complete application
  • Include a non-refundable fee of $100
Background Check Requirements:

The Department of Business Regulation (DBR) will deny an application if the background check reveals that the applicant has been convicted of a felony drug offense or has entered a plea of no contest for a felony drug offense and received a sentence of probation unless the applicant successfully petitions for an exception.

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