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5 Rhode Island compassionate centers given recreational licenses for Dec. 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Less than 10 days from the first recreational marijuana sale in Rhode Island, multiple compassion centers from across the state received state approval to begin recreation sale next week.

The five compassion centers include:

  • Aura of Rhode Island in Central Falls
  • Thomas C. Slater Center in Providence
  • Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket
  • Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth
  • RISE Warwick in Warwick

Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center CEO Seth Bock expects high demand when recreational sales begin, expecting to double the foot traffic they normally get.

Bock said he’s working with the town of Portsmouth to ensure sales move efficiently and safely on Dec. 1.

“We’ll most likely have a police detail December 1st to help with vehicular traffic at the site, we’ll also have a full security team for in store,” Bock said.

While medicinal and recreational marijuana have more similarities than differences, there is a contrast in cost.

“The medical patients will remain paying the 7% sales tax and 4% surcharge on the back end. Adult use is different there’s a 3 % tax that goes to all the towns plus sales tax and an additional 7% for this particular product,” Bock said.

Another compassion center starting recreational sale is Thomas Slater Compassion Center in Providence, who told ABC 6 News in a statement in part: “Today’s announcement follows years of work by our organization to advocate for legalization of cannabis and making sure that consumers have a regulated and safe place to purchase products. Products can be purchased in advance at our website or in-person at our store.”

If you plan on visiting a marijuana dispensary on Nov. 1, there is also a cap on the amount of product you can buy.

Each customer is limited to about 1 oz. of marijuana flower per transaction.

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