Rhode Island: Delays lottery for new medical cannabis dispensaries

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two years after state lawmakers approved an expansion of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program from three dispensaries to nine, the state is still months away from completing the process to randomly select the six new stores.

A lottery to pick six marijuana dispensaries for licensure, originally pegged for early 2021, is in a “holding pattern” until at least August after one of the applicants appealed being deemed not qualified to participate, according to Matthew Santacroce, chief of the Office of Cannabis Regulation.

The state also received zero bids in its search for a contractor to conduct the lottery, which was originally proposed by former Gov. Gina Raimondo as a way to impartially select which applicants will be allowed to open medical cannabis dispensaries, known in Rhode Island as compassion centers.

The lottery will instead be conducted by the Department of Business Regulation, Santacroce said, in public and likely with an analog — rather than computer-generated — system of randomly selecting the businesses.

After a four-month review of the 45 applications submitted by 28 applicants, state regulators deemed 41 of them met the qualifications to enter the lottery. (Organizations could submit multiple applications to increase their chances — one per geographic zone — but can ultimately only get one license even if picked from the lottery twice.)

But one of the denied applicants appealed the decision, delaying the lottery until the appeals process is completed.

Source:  https://www.wpri.com/news/politics/ri-delays-lottery-for-new-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=MJD_20210527_NEWS_Daily

 

Below are all the dispensary applicants, per the RI Department of Business Regulation.

Zone 1 (Burrillville, Cumberland, Glocester, North Smithfield, Smithfield, Woonsocket)

Livity Compassion Center

Medici Compassionate Care Center, Inc.

New Leaf Compassion Center Inc. (DBA Fine Fettle Dispensary)

Pinnacle Compassion Center Inc.

RMI Compassion Center Inc.

Zone 2 (Central Falls, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, Providence)

Ascend Rhode Island Compassion Center

Faded Minds, Inc.

Lucy Rozen Compassion Center

New Leaf Compassion Center Inc. (DBA Fine Fettle Dispensary)

Perfect Union-RI DBA Perfect Union

Pinnacle Compassion Center Inc.

Rhode Island Care Concepts Inc.

Rhode Island Compassion Center Inc.

Sanctuary Medicinals

Solar Therapeutics Rhode Island, Inc.

Zone 3 (Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich, and West Warwick)

Green Wave CC, Inc.

Rhode Island Compassion Center Inc.

Zone 4 (Cranston, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Warwick)

Cann Cure Compassion, Inc.

Coastal Farms Wellness Center

Compassion Center of New England

Co-Op City I Inc.

Enlite RI, Inc.

Mammoth Health and Wellness

New Leaf Compassion Center Inc. (DBA Fine Fettle Dispensary)

Perfect Union-RI DBA Perfect Union

Rhode Island Care Concepts Inc.

Rhode Island Compassion Center Inc.

Solar Therapeutics Rhode Island, Inc.

The Winding Rhode Compassion Center, Inc.

Zone 5 (Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly)

Coastal Compassion Center, Inc.

Compassion Center by Bonsai Inc.

Green Wave CC, Inc.

Mammoth Health and Wellness

N&N Associates DBA South County Compassion Center

Plant Based Compassionate Care Inc.

Rhode Island Care Concepts Inc.

Rhode Island Compassion Center Inc.

Solar Therapeutics Rhode Island, Inc.

The Winding Rhode Compassion Center, Inc.

Zone 6 Barrington, Bristol, East Providence, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, New Shoreham, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Warren)

Atlas Enterprises Inc.

Livity Compassion Center

Mother Earth Wellness, Ltd.

New Leaf Compassion Center Inc. (DBA Fine Fettle Dispensary)

Rhode Island Care Concepts Inc.

The Edward O. Hawkins Center, Inc.

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