PLDO Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe to be a Featured Speaker at Providence Business News “2022 Business of Cannabis Summit”

Rhode Island – July 19, 2022 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) Partner Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a leading authority and advisor to cannabis industry business owners and investors, will be a featured speaker at the “2022 Business of Cannabis Summit,” sponsored by Providence Business News, on Thursday, September 15 from 9:00am – 11:00am at Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick.

With the recent passage of the bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island and with retail sales set to be effective December 1st, the Summit will feature panel discussions with various cannabis industry, business and community leaders who will discuss the expected impact and growth of this burgeoning sector,  legal/human resources implications impacting local businesses, and the business development opportunities, challenges and innovations as a licensee, ancillary service provider or consumer.

Attorney Rackliffe will be joined by Michael Budziszek, Professor at Johnson & Wales University’s Cannabis Entrepreneurship Program, Kristyn Glennon, Vice President, BSA/AML Officer with BayCoast Bank, and Matthew Santacroce, Chief of the Office of Cannabis Regulation for the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. For more details and to register, visit

Attorney Rackliffe is a corporate and business attorney and leader of PLDO’s cannabis advisory team. He has been at the forefront of counseling businesses on state and federal cannabis law and policy landscape in both medical and recreational markets throughout New England and elsewhere, advising dozens of Rhode Island cannabis cultivation operators as well as dispensaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He earned his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Providence College, and is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

To contact Attorney Rackliffe, email or call 401-824-5100. For information about PLDO, visit and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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