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6:39 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Mayor Avedisian on compassion centers in Warwick

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Next week, the Rhode Island Department of Health chooses who will run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. But state approval doesn't guarantee permission from the cities and towns where the dispensaries hope to open. Some mayors have already come out against the so called compassion centers, but Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian isn't one of them.

In the second installment of a three part series on the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island, WRNI's Megan Hall talked with Avedisian about why he supports the Summit Medical Compassion Center, one of three applicants hoping to sell marijuana in his city.

Update:
Since this interview was conducted, Mayor Avedisian has also written a letter in support of The Rhode Island Compassion Center, another group hoping to open in Warwick. Read that letter here.

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