Minimum Requirements for Departmental Approval of Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction Operations

230-RICR-80-05-4 ACTIVE RULE

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4.4Requirements for Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction

4.5Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction Applications

4.6Standard Operating Procedures

4.7Compliance with Applicable Laws


Title 230 Department of Business Regulation (includes the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner)
Chapter 80 Marijuana
Subchapter 05 Medical Marijuana
Part 4 Minimum Requirements for Departmental Approval of Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction Operations
Type of Filing Adoption
Regulation Status Active
Effective 05/04/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-1
et seq.

Purpose and Reason:

This proposed adoption is intended to accommodate innovation in the cannabis industry as it relates to more efficient extraction methods using volatile solvent-based hydrocarbon extraction. The regulation sets forth the minimum standards for Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction of Marijuana and a two-phase application process for obtaining the Department’s required approval to begin this type of extraction operations. Pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 21-28.6, only Compassion Center licensees are currently eligible to apply for approval under this regulation. Cultivators are currently excluded from this extraction method pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-16(h). 

The following is a summary of the substantive provisions of the proposed regulation:
§ 4.4 – Sets forth the general requirements for Volatile Solvent-Based Hydrocarbon Extraction.  Establishes general minimum standards for eligible licensees regarding which extraction systems may be used, by whom, and in which manner. Identifies related active RIDOH regulation addressing testing standards for medical marijuana products manufactured using solvent-based hydrocarbon extraction processes.
§ 4.5 – Identifies and explains: two-phase application procedure (Pre-Approval Phase & Final Approval Phase); application requirements to obtain pre-approval and outline application procedure; applicants required to disclose material changes to pre-approved applications; and requirements to obtain DBR final approval.
§ 4.6 – Identifies minimum standards for Standard Operating Procedures required in Pre-Approval Phase. 
§ 4.7 – Articulates applicants’ obligation to remain compliant with other applicable legal requirements. 

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