Brief medical marijuana plan
Dennis Gentili from North Smithfield sent these very brief answers to my questions about his plan to run a medical marijuana retail store. His proposed organization would be called the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Dispensary.
You’ll be able to hear from all of the applicants during a hearing next Tuesday at 10am at the Rhode Island Health Department. Here’s what Dennis had to say-
MH: Let’s say I’m a medical marijuana patient. Describe my experience when I walk through the doors of your compassion center.
DG: Friendly, courteous, confidential, informative, supportive and helpful.
MH: Where would your store be located?
DG: Northern RI w/ easy access.
MH: Have you received zoning approval for your site?
DG: Location is zoned for business.
MH: How would you handle security?
DG: Security will be of the highest priority and is already established. We await a state decision. Naturally that information is and will not be made public.
MH: How much would the marijuana cost?
DG: The cost will depend on many factors. However we feel cost should be between $200-300 per ounce.
MH: How would you meet the needs of low income patients?
DG: Special fund will be set up to help needy patients that can not afford it.
MH: What motivated you to apply?
DG: Just felt a need to help and do something supportive for those who suffer from these many afflictions.
MH: Medical marijuana is often the butt of a lot of jokes. How have friends/relatives/colleagues responded to your interest in running a compassion center?
DG: Medical Marijuana is the butt of many jokes and it should be the way it is handled in other states. Rhode Island looks like the first state that will actually have accountability and a set of rules and regulations to govern these dispensaries. Medical Marijuana is no Joke, it helps these needy and suffering patients.
MH: Why should RI pick your application?
DG: I feel RI should pick the most qualified application no matter who that may be. It is all about alternative medicine for cancer patients and others.
You can see Dennis Gentili’s complete application here.
Here’s some more information about him from an article in the Providence Journal
Dennis Gentili, president of Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Dispensary, said that the team he has assembled is looking for a site in the northern part of the state. He did not name a specific city or town in his application, but he said in a telephone interview that he would like to open the center in a Woonsocket strip mall. He said that a separate site to grow the marijuana would not be near the dispensary.
Gentili, who is a part-time assistant school principal in Thompson, Conn., said that he was a principal and educator in Woonsocket and West Warwick for 26 years. He said that several of his friends have cancer and he felt that the medical-marijuana program was a worthwhile way for them to cope with chronic pain.
Gentili said that he would like to produce and sell enough marijuana for about 1,000 patients during the center’s first year of operation.
“It seemed like a good idea,” he said. “We want to give something back to the community. We put together a nice little package.”