Rhode Island General Assembly passes bill allowing cannabis … – WLNE-TV (ABC6)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The State’s General Assembly passed legislation that would allow recreational cannabis dispensaries to advertise their products.

Backers of the bill, including Sen. Jonathon Acosta and Rep. Scott Slater said Rhode Island’s cannabis businesses are unable to advertise by law, although dispensaries in other states are allowed to advertise within Rhode Island.

“The prohibition on advertising for our state’s cannabis products has put this young and growing industry at a significant disadvantage when competing against our neighboring states’ cannabis operations,” Senator Acosta said.

“Seeing advertisements for Massachusetts cannabis products right in the middle of Providence is an inequality that this bill will rectify, allowing our own state’s businesses to grow and flourish,” he continued.

The legislation would permit the Office of Cannabis Regulation to provide forms, procedures and requirements with respect to the advertising of cannabis products.

It is now on its way to the governor’s office for consideration.

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