November 22, 2014
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Kent Center will no longer house compassion center

According to a recent update from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the three proposed compassion centers, Thomas C. Slater, Summit Medical and Greenleaf, will soon submit their official registration forms to the Secretary of State’s Office.

An internal meeting on the regulations for the compassion centers is expected to be held this week to finalize the specifics of the regulations. So far, none of the three applicants have submitted their official Registration to Operate a Medical Marijuana Compassion Center forms.

The forms are mandatory and must include supporting documentation like a zoning letter and certificate of occupancy.

The Summit Medical Compassion Center, which was supposed to take up space at the Kent Center in Warwick, is now no longer affiliated with the human and organizational development center. According to David Lauterbach, president and CEO of the Kent Center, the Summit group is no longer looking to partner with Kent, nor take up space in their facility.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health could not provide information as to where Summit would choose to locate its compassion center.

Along with the zoning and occupancy materials, the compassion centers must also submit application fees and documentation (including proof of Rhode Island residency) for each compassion center staff member or volunteer. Those aiming to get identification cards for the registry must also apply for a national criminal background check.

Last spring, Governor Chafee signed into law a bill that established guidelines for compassion center operations. The bill says that compassion centers can have a total of 150 marijuana plants, 99 mature, and 1,500 ounces of usable marijuana.

Cuttino Mobley, former NBA player, is the financier of the Summit Medical Compassion Center.


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