Public hearing scheduled on RI medical marijuana applicants

Providence, R.I. – The public will have an opportunity to speak for or against the 15 applications for Rhode Island's first stores selling medical marijuana.

A public hearing on the planned compassion centers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the state Department of Health.

Health spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says it's an opportunity for people to weigh in on the 15 applicants. She says it's not meant as a forum to air views on the issue of medical marijuana, but to discuss the pluses or minuses of specific proposals.

Medical marijuana is legal under state law, and lawmakers last year approved a plan to allow up to three stores to sell it to registered patients.

Applications have been made for locations all over the state.