Bill would double medical marijuana dispensaries in state

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island could double as part of a new bill introduced in the General Assembly.

Democratic Rep. Scott Slater, of Providence, has proposed increasing the number of state-permitted compassion centers from three to six.

The bill would allow no more than one new dispensary to open in each of the state’s four counties.

Slater says locating the centers around the state will give patients with debilitating conditions an easier trip to pick up their medication.

The Providence Journal reports that one proposed dispensary called the Blackstone Valley Compassion Center already has a registered lobbyist. The bill is not yet scheduled for a hearing.

Slater also introduced several related bills including one that would allow medical marijuana cultivators to grow more plants.

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