More on Lynch’s compassion center group
By now you probably know that Bill Lynch, the former chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, is among the 18 applicants hoping to run the state’s first medical marijuana retail stores. His group, called the “Rhode Island Center for Compassion and Wellness,” also includes retired Pawtucket Police Chief George Kelley and a former member of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.
The heavy hitters plan to cultivate medical marijuana at the To Kalon ( TK) Club in Pawtucket. The historic building is home to a social club founded in 1867. A need for costly repairs has caused its members to seek a new owner.
But the city of Pawtucket isn’t wild about seeing a compassion center at the TK Club. Doug Hadden with the Mayor’s Office says Lynch’s team didn’t even contact the city about its application.
We’re a little disappointed we didn’t get a heads up on this. We do not feel that this is the right use for that historic building, it’s such a prominent place overlooking the highway. Thousands of people go by that everyday.
Hadden says it’s his understanding that the TK Club has other potential buyers and hasn’t committed to selling the building to Lynch’s group.
I’ve put a call out to folks at the club but haven’t heard back. Update: the President of the TK Club tells me Lynch’s group refused to describe its intended use for the building. Three other bidders offered verbal agreements to buy the building and the club has decided to go with another offer.
JoAnne Leppanen, the executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition (RIPAC), says Lynch’s group didn’t contact her either. That’s odd, because RIPAC is the non-profit that advocated for compassion centers in Rhode Island and Leppanen is an expert on the law as well as the specific needs of medical marijuana patients.
The application features some typos. The word ounce is spelled “once.” Expense is spelled “expene.” There is used where it should say “their.” Words are inconsistently capitalized.
The group plans to spend $175,00 on consulting from one of the editors of “High Times” – the marijuana advocacy magazine.
… we’ve signed a letter of intent for cultivation consulting with Trans High Corp.(THC), a company that’s been involved with the cultivation of cannabis for decades. There [sic] magazine “High Times” (HT) has been the go to guide for cannabis growers since its first publication in 1974! Leading the THC team will be cultivation guru Danny Danko. Danny is the Senior Cultivation Editor of HT magazine and is widely known and respected among the medical cannabis grow industry.
I’ve put a call out to Bill Lynch to ask him about the application, but I haven’t heard from him yet. I’ll post his response when he calls back.