Pubdate: Wed, 30 Jun 2010
Source: Providence Journal, The (RI)
Copyright: 2010 The Providence Journal Company
Author: W. Zachary Malinowski
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?253 (Cannabis – Medicinal – U.S.)
R.I. HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLDS HEARINGS ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
PROVIDENCE — The much-anticipated hearing on who may be approved to
open the first medical-marijuana dispensary in Rhode Island whizzed
by with mild opposition on Tuesday morning in the basement of the
Cannon Building of the state Health Department.
The Health Department plans to select at least one, and up to three
compassion centers by Aug. 1. The department has said the decisions
will be based on how well the proposed compassion center operators
complied with a range of requirements on their applications.
Meanwhile, the state will continue to license medical-marijuana users
and caregivers who grow marijuana for patients. According to the
state, there are currently 1,790 registered patients and 1,412
Once the compassion centers open, licensed patients can get their
marijuana from the dispensaries, as well as from their caregivers.