Rhode Island To Open First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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Twenty states and Washington, D.C., now allow medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation, and Washington state and Colorado have legalized the recreational pot use. Connecticut and Washington state already require testing and other states are doing the same, spawning a testing industry. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Twenty states and Washington, D.C., now allow medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, and Washington state and Colorado have legalized the recreational pot use. Connecticut and Washington state already require testing and other states are doing the same, spawning a testing industry. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open in Providence.

The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center on Corliss Street is expected to begin selling medicinal pot Friday. It received its state permit two weeks ago.

The dispensary initially will be selling marijuana cultivated by growers participating in the state’s medical marijuana program. The center’s managers say the dispensary will be growing its own marijuana that it plans to begin selling in August.

Two other medical marijuana dispensaries in Warwick and Portsmouth are expected to open within the next few months.

Rhode Island will become the second New England state after Maine to legally sell marijuana to patients.

The Slater Compassion Center’s website lists a variety of marijuana types and paraphernalia for sale.

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