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Here come the medical marijuana applications

January 14, 2011

The day has come!  After months of review, the Department of Health has accepted 18  out of 21 applications for running the state’s first medical marijuana retail stores. Take a look at the applications here.

The proposals were due last November.  At the time, DOH said it would take two to four weeks to determine which applications were officially complete.  The next step is a public hearing, scheduled for February 7th at 10am in the Health Department’s auditorium.

Sounds familiar?  No, you’re not experiencing deja vu, Rhode Island went through this same process last year.  In the end, all 15 of the original proposals were disqualified because they either exceeded the maximum page limit or didn’t receive the minimum score.

RI was on track to be the first state in the country with government sanctioned marijuana retail stores, but since then Maine has surpassed the Ocean State- it’s already sanctioned 8 medical dispensaries to open this year.

Let’s hope Rhode Island’s process is a little smoother this time.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. not saying permalink
    January 19, 2011 4:04 am

    OK, so I’m reading these and the crazy thing is all of the prominent Rhode Islanders who are listed as Board Members. I never knew Judge Flanders liked to party. Go figure.

  2. January 21, 2011 4:01 pm

    No! No! No!
    “Let’s hope Rhode Island’s process is a little smoother this time.”
    No! No! No!

    Just say NO!

    No medical marijuana !!!!!!!

    This is the last thing Rhode Island needs. I do not believe for a moment that there is a genuine NEED for “medical marijuana”. Are there really that MANY terminal cancer patients in the state of Rhode Island? REALLY? There are 40,000 people being dying of cancer and there going to all die within the next few days? I don’t believe it….

    I hope the process is cumbersome, time consuming, and every application is again disqualified.

    It’s just a matter of time before CVS sells this crap to our kids. Cocaine will follow. Maybe we could have strip club on every corner, too?

    Look at Mexico! Look what DRUGS have done to Mexico. Drug Lords killing judges, cops, innocent bystanders, US Tourists, etc. WHAT A MESS and it’s all because of DRUG MONEY.

    Rhode Island does not need to create safe haven for local Drug Lords.

  3. Ray permalink
    February 2, 2011 7:35 pm

    Responses like the previous one are silly, inconsiderate, and not based on fact. The truth is that Cannabis is a plant; an herb that grows like a weed. It does not need to be processed in any way to be used. Animals ingest it naturally in the wild. IT IS NOT A DRUG. The drug classification is the result of negative propaganda over the years. Many people/patients who do not wish to fill their bodies with drugs are very excited about being able to take a natural alternative that is 100% organic and not being prosecuted for it.

    The problems that result from “drugs” in america and in mexico are largely caused by the high prices they fetch because of their illegal status and the high demand. Government money spent to stop people from growing, smoking, or ingesting cannabis is and always has been a waste. The money should be spent on combating the use of real drugs not a plant that will grow naturally anywhere in the world except the arctics. With gov. control and regulation, CVS will not be selling anything other than the usual and hopefully unemployment will go down slightly and tax revenues up significantly as a result of Rhode Islands common sense approach to this issue. We have the opportunity to be the positive example of success and responsibility regarding medical cannabis in America. Instead of avoiding the issue, lets solve it!

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