Public Hearing Set for Tomorrow on Proposed Hemp Regulations by RI Department of Business Regulations

By Benjamin L. Rackliffe, & August 15, 2018Business

The RI Department of Business Regulations (DBR) will hold a public hearing tomorrow (August 16, 2016) at 10 a.m. on its proposed regulations for the state’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program (Hemp Regulations). The hearing will be held at the Department of Labor and Training, Building 70, Conference Room 70-1, 1511 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston.

The Hemp Regulations were announced by the DBR on August 1, 2018 and include the application, licensing and operational framework, and guidelines related to both growing and handling hemp plants and products.

For more information on the proposed regulations and the hearing, visit Public comments may be made to the DBR on the proposed regulations through August 31, 2018.

Prospective industry participants who are interested in learning more about the proposed license application process and Rhode Island’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program are encouraged to contact PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe at 401-824-5100 or email  Attorney Rackliffe is a leading authority on licensing, compliance and regulatory law regarding the cannabis and hemp industry and has successfully advised investors and owners of cannabis facilities and hemp farms in New England.


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Benjamin L. Rackliffe is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and a member of the firm's Corporate & Business and Nonprofit Organizations Teams. He concentrates his practice in the areas of closely held business and tax-exempt organizations, and is considered a leading authority in the areas of corporate and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining PLDO, Attorney Rackliffe served as assistant general counsel to a hospitality and real estate development corporation and was an associate attorney for a Rhode Island-based construction and engineering litigation firm representing multinational and U.S. contractor corporations. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Roger Williams University School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative and on the Board of Directors of The Steel Yard. For several years, Attorney Rackliffe was named a Rhode Island Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Rhode Island lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less.

Attorney Rackliffe earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in 2004 from Providence College, where he is a Special Lecturer for an undergraduate course entitled, Legal Environment of Business. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York, and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and the American Bar Association. To contact Attorney Rackliffe, please call 401-824-5100 or email

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