NORML.ORG – Rhode Island: Health Regulators Select Applicants To Operate State-Licensed Medical Marijuana Facilities

Providence, RI: Representatives of the state Department of Health on Tuesday selected applicants to operate three separate medical marijuana dispensaries.

Rhode Island lawmakers in 2009 voted 102 to 3 in favor of allowing the state to license a limited number of medical marijuana facilities. The lopsided vote overrode a veto by the former governor, Republican Donald Carcieri.

The selected applicants have proposed establishing medical cannabis dispensaries in the cities of Portsmouth, Providence, and Warwick.

"After a thorough and thoughtful review of all applications, [we] determined that these three applicants were best able to offer safe, conveniently located options for patients currently enrolled in the medical marijuana program," interim Director of Health Michael Fine said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work with the compassion centers and providers to assure good outcomes for patients."

Approximately 3,300 patients are qualified to use marijuana legally in the state.

To date, only Colorado and New Mexico have established state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. Regulators in Arizona, Maine, and Washington, DC are in the process of licensing such establishments.

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