Tue March 15, 2011
RI chooses three compassion centers
By MEGAN HALL
Providence, RI – After months of review, the Department of Health has finally named three compassion centers to sell medical marijuana in Rhode Island.
The Department of Health named Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick, and The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center off Smithfield Avenue in Providence as the winning applicants, but more proposals actually qualified for a license.
Spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says nine proposals met the minimum score, but state legislation only allows three stores to open.
"So, then we said, ok, well there needs to be another criteria that we need to apply to evaluate these applications," she says, "because we can't give out nine registration certificates."
The committee chose geography and awarded the licenses to applicants in the locations where the most medical marijuana patients live.
Compassion centers must be inspected, get a certificate of occupancy and register all of their staff with the Department of Health before they can officially open.
Read the approved applications
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