RI patients concerned over proposed cost of med. marijuana

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Islanders offered their opinions yesterday on the 15 proposals for selling medical marijuana in the ocean state.

At the health department hearing some gave testimonials for their favorite applications, others worried about security. Ted Marony was one of several patients who couldn't believe the prices listed in many of the applications.

"I'm on a fixed income," he said. "You want to charge 500 dollars an ounce? That's ridiculous. I thought we were going to get some relief. This isn't any relief."

The health department will use today's testimony as it determines which applicants should receive one of three licenses to run the state's medical marijuana retail stores. Officials will announce their decision by July 29.