Here come the medical marijuana applications
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.