Testimony heard on med. marijuana applications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Members of the public testified on who should sell medical marijuana in Rhode Island at a public hearing yesterday.

It was standing room only in the Health Department's auditorium- everyone waiting to hear testimony on the 18 applicants to open the state's first so called "compassion centers."

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, State Representatives Doreen Costa and Peter Palumbo, and Providence city Council member Brian Principe all testified against applicants hoping to open in their cities or towns.

Joanne Leppanen, the executive director for the Rhode Island Patients Advocacy coalition says that's a shame.

The Health Department will use the public testimony to select up to 3 winning applicants by next month.

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