greenleaf compassion center http://ripr.org en First Medical Marijuana Festival in RI Held in Providence http://ripr.org/post/first-medical-marijuana-festival-ri-held-providence <p>Rhode Island saw its first medical marijuana festival Sunday.&nbsp; It was held in Providence in a parking lot on Kinsley Avenue.&nbsp; About two dozen vendors sold marijuana paraphernalia and growing equipment.&nbsp; It was sponsored by the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, a group that fought to legalize medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Visiting the festival was Peter Benson of North Kingstown. Paralyzed in a bicycle accident, he takes marijuana to ease the pain of muscle spasms.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:26:13 +0000 Flo Jonic 17706 at http://ripr.org First Medical Marijuana Festival in RI Held in Providence Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy http://ripr.org/post/medical-marijuana-stores-more-spa-less-pharmacy <p>In April, Rhode Island’s <a href="http://www.ripr.org/term/thomas-c-slater">first medical marijuana dispensary</a> – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center - opened for business in Providence. This weekend, the second is scheduled to open in Portsmouth. We visited the <a href="http://greenleafcare.org/">Greenleaf</a> compassion center as workers rushed to finish the stylish interior.</p><p>The marijuana might be medical, but the retail space is anything but.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15940 at http://ripr.org Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy