Fifteen Applications to Run Marijuana ‘Compassion Centers’

ubdate: Tue, 18 May 2010
Source: Providence Journal, The (RI)
Copyright: 2010 The Providence Journal Company
Author: W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer
Bookmark: (Cannabis – Medicinal – U.S.)


PROVIDENCE – The state Department of Health received 15 proposals by Monday from applicants seeking to establish the state’s first compassion center, or store, to sell marijuana to patients registered in the medicinal-marijuana program.

Two of the applications had been submitted through Friday, while 13 more came in just before the deadline passed at 4:30 p.m., health officials said.

Annemarie Beardsworth, Health Department spokeswoman, said that the department will not release the names of the applicants or other details of the proposals, including proposed center locations, until department officials review the applications.

“If we asked for a security plan, we want to know whether a security plan is enclosed,” she said.

In the coming weeks, the department will post the proposals for public view.  A public hearing on the proposals is scheduled for June 21 at the department, 3 Capitol Hill.