Fifteen Applications To Run MMJ Compassion Centers
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Fifteen Applications To Run MMJ Compassion Centers
Posted by CN Staff on May 18, 2010 at 05:09:03 PT
By W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer 
Source: Providence Journal
Providence, RI -- The state Department of Health received 15 proposals by Monday from applicants seeking to establish the state’s first compassion center, or store, to sell marijuana to patients registered in the medicinal-marijuana program. Two of the applications had been submitted through Friday, while 13 more came in just before the deadline passed at 4:30 p.m., health officials said.
Annemarie Beardsworth, Health Department spokeswoman, said that the department will not release the names of the applicants or other details of the proposals, including proposed center locations, until department officials review the applications.“If we asked for a security plan, we want to know whether a security plan is enclosed,” she said.In the coming weeks, the department will post the proposals for public view. A public hearing on the proposals is scheduled for June 21 at the department, 3 Capitol Hill.The state plans to allow up to three compassion centers to operate.The purpose of the compassion centers, which are supposed to run on a not-for-profit basis, is to expand the number of places where patients can get, with a physician’s approval, marijuana to treat a variety of illnesses including back pain, nausea and seizures. As of last month, the Health Department reported that there are 1,562 patients and 1,240 caregivers.The medical marijuana program was launched in 2006 and allows licensed patients to possess up to 12 marijuana plants or the equivalent of 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any one time. They may also select up to two caregivers to provide the drugs, as long as those caregivers have no felony drug convictions.The compassion centers, which would have their own sources of marijuana, would operate in addition to the current network of patients and caregivers. There is no limit on the number of patients each center could have.The medical-marijuana program has had its problems. Several licensed users or caregivers have been arrested for growing more than the amount permitted in the program. Supporters of the program say that the compassion centers may be a better and safer option for the patients.Still, the state police and Providence police have concerns about the security at the centers, saying that they could be targeted by criminals looking for an opportunity to steal the drugs.Source: Providence Journal, The (RI)Author: W. Zachary Malinowski, Journal Staff Writer Published:  Tuesday, May 18, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Providence Journal CompanyContact: letters projo.comWebsite: URL:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Storm Crow on May 18, 2010 at 10:09:48 PT
Kind of a double standard! 
"Still, the state police and Providence police have concerns about the security at the centers, saying that they could be targeted by criminals looking for an opportunity to steal the drugs." Do they have equal concerns about drug stores that have as much, or more, money than dispensaries and far more potent and addictive drugs? Also, I have seen some rather hefty guards at some dispensaries, but not a single one at any drug store. The pharmacist at my typical local drug store is in his late 60s, at best, and I doubt if the little college girls behind the counter could do much to prevent a robbery, either! The highway on-ramp is a quarter mile away for a fast get-away. So is there any concern being voiced about these relatively unprotected, money laden, hard drug-selling folks and their security measures? Not a peep!
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