Rhode Island is still dealing with legal setbacks to its medical cannabis lottery.
Regulators in the state have once again delayed the lottery, which was initially supposed to take place this week. Now, it has been postponed because of an administrative appeal from a rejected lottery applicant.
This is the second time the lottery has been delayed since the idea was first presented in the state. It was initially supposed to take place last spring, and now it will not be scheduled “until that appeal has run its course,” according to the Office of Cannabis Regulation in Rhode Island.
The Office of Cannabis Regulation is managed with oversight from The Department of Business Revenue. They selected 24 applications from the 28 applicants who initially applied, and one who was not selected was not happy with the results.
Enlite RI, Livity Compassion Center, The Edward O. Hawkins Center and Atlas Enterprises were the companies that did not make the cut. Atlas Enterprises filed the appeal that is holding up the lottery. Now, because of this setback, regulators in the state are still figuring out how the lottery will work.
Matthew Stacroce, chief of the Office of Cannabis Regulation, claims that it may be clearer “in a