All Marijuana Compassion Center Applications Rejected by Department of Health

Friday, September 10, 2010


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Compassion, at least that aided by medical marijuana, will have to wait.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced that after a thorough review, 15 applications it received by prospective Compassion Centers have all been rejected.

Nine of the 15 applications didn't meet minimum scoring requirements outlined by HEALTH, and the remainder were discovered to have failed to meet requirements of the application itself.

With no qualified applicant to move forward, HEALTH will reissue the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. "We are disappointed that we could not select at least one applicant," said Director of Health, David R. Gifford, MD, MPH. "But [we] are optimistic that by clarifying the application process we will have a clearer process going forward that will yield at least one successful application."

HEALTH will repost an RFP in early October, and refund the $250 application fee of each of the current applicants. HEALTH has been working with other states with marijuana compassion centers, in particular Maine, to ensure that the application and process will yield safe and effective centers.


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