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What can RI learn from Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries?

February 28, 2011

I’m back  from a long weekend  reporting on the medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine.  The so called “Vacationland” also has a law establishing state sanctioned, non profit medical marijuana retail stores.

The major difference is Rhode Island will award up to three  compassion centers licenses next Tuesday, and Maine awarded its licenses last year- six in July and two in September.

So Maine was the natural place to go to see what Rhode Island can expect from its compassion centers about half a year into the future. I’ll offer a more complex comparison as a part of my three part series on compassion centers in RI, but I’ll give you the short answer now– not much.

None of Maine’s  dispensaries have opened yet.  They’ve been tied up in red tape, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) sentiments, financing complications, and in some cases failed partnerships.

Is this Rhode Island’s fate too?  What do you think?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. ri optimist permalink
    March 1, 2011 12:30 am

    No! Our red tape will already be cut, our NIMBY sentiments already hashed out, our financing complications defeated by the competitive licensing process, and our partnerships will stay strong. Marijuana stores will open in Rhode Island this year!

  2. Jim Fowler permalink
    March 1, 2011 2:02 pm

    please keep me posted as to when the rest of this will be published.

  3. March 1, 2011 11:52 pm

    Sweet article. We just started loading content for MAine in our directory. I`ll follow that link to watch the piece Friday Morning.

  4. danny p permalink
    March 1, 2011 11:53 pm

    Go Maine. Check out for dispensary locations

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