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Valley neighborhood members upset with plans for medical marijuana store

July 9, 2010

Since the details about the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center emerged in the Projo a few weeks ago, some of the community members near its Harris st location in Providence have been raising a fuss.

Drake Patten, the executive director of the Steel Yard– an art space right around the corner- submitted written testimony objecting to the medical marijuana store at a hearing last month.

Josephine DiRusso, the city council member for that neighborhood, has also complained about the Slater center, saying organizers never told her they were considering the Harris ave location (they did met to talk about another building in the area.)

Residents of the Monohasset Mill condos down the street say they’re concerned about how the compassion center would snarl traffic and take over limited on street parking spaces.  The proposed site is in the Capitol Records building, a fortress like brick structure near the busy intersection between Atwells Ave, Harris Ave, and Eagle St.

Neighbors also worry about the Slater Center’s plan for security in the low income neighborhood.

I’ve put a call out to Gerald McGraw, the lead organizer behind the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center to see what he has to say. McGraw currently grows medical marijuana for patients as a caregiver.

The Slater application has received high praise from JoAnne Leppanen- the executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC.)  Leppanen says the Slater Center plan is the one that’s most likely to get off the ground first.  She’s expressed some concerns about pricing, but says she’s confident she could work with the applicants to get those charges down.

To learn more about his proposal, you can read my earlier post where he describes his plan.

Or check out his complete application.

The Health Department announces who will run the up to 3 medical marijuana stores by July 29th

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 11:42 pm

    “What a great idea”

    “What? My neighborhood?”

    “Right down the street?”

    “Next to the strip club?”

    >>

    LOL – Wonderful news the people have found a backbone and have begun speaking up.

    It just a matter of time before people lay down in front of heavy machinery and construction equipment.

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