RI workplace of Cannabis Regulation has a chief that is new a former policy manager for Raimondo

Tom Mooney

| The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — The state Office of Cannabis Regulation, which is spearheading the effort to add six new marijuana that is medical in Rhode Island, has a new chief, Matthew Santacroce, a former policy director for Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Santacroce, who left the Raimondo administration in 2018 and most recently worked at The Policy Lab, a collaborative tank that is think by Brown University, started their brand new work in cannabis regulation simply weeks hence.

Santacroce, whom received $93,575 as Raimondo’s policy manager, ended up being appointed on Jan. 19 once the Department of Business regulation’s cannabis that is new with a salary of $121,030, according to the Department of Administration.

He will direct the eight-member cannabis regulation office created a few years ago to reform and better regulate the state’s marijuana that is medical.

Under the leadership of Santacroce’s predecessor, Norman Birenbaum, cannabis regulators created something of state-licensed cultivators who supply a lot of the cannabis now offered during the state’s current three dispensaries. The regulators additionally applied brand new laws on screening and packaging and dosage that is standardized

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With nearly all of those once-debated reforms now set up, expect Santacroce to try out a less role that is public Birenbaum, though that could change if the General Assembly takes up the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana.

“His role will be ensuring the expansion of the program that is medical that the priorities regarding the management are executed,” said DBR spokesman Brian Hodge.

One of the instant priorities may be the planned expansion of six brand new medical cannabis dispensaries, pitched by Raimondo in an effort to enhance use of medical cannabis to clients round the state also to encourage more cost competition.

In December, 28 cannabis businesses, numerous with marijuana-growing affiliations in other states — submitted applications within the hopes of qualifying for a lottery later this year for a license to use among those six brand new dispensaries that are regional

In a Feb. 1 page posted regarding the DBR internet site, Santacroce reminded those candidates they had been needed to submit updates with their applications detailing any modification of business officers or directors and any action taken by regional zoning authorities on their proposed dispensary organizations.

Santacroces stated their office “is in the act of qualifying presented license applications for the future lottery and certainly will have further updates on timing and then actions by mid-February.”

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