7/10/2018

PAWTUCKET – Would-be marijuana growers in the city are still waiting for the go-ahead to start operating.

To date, five applications for Pawtucket-based license cultivators have been accepted by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, and one, Organic Bees, was issued a license to operate in May, according to the state’s database.

Other hopefuls with accepted applications include Mother Earth Creations, Gardening for Good, LiVity LLC and High Gardens.

Jay Rosa, senior planner for the city, said all applications for licensed medical marijuana grower facilities must first be accepted by the Department of Business Regulation, and then may be issued a license based on compliance with a variety of requirements such as security, odor control, seed-to-sale tracking, interior renovation, and fire and building code compliance. 

“None of these facilities are currently cultivating or producing medical marijuana at this time,” he said Monday.

Addresses are not listed on the state website, but Mother Earth Creations received its early Pawtucket approvals for a facility at 125 Esten Ave. Gardening for Good’s application for a special use permit was also approved last year, for a facility at 50 Patterson Ave.

Rosa declined to release the addresses of other approved facilities.

A number of other companies still have applications outstanding to operate centers in Pawtucket.

The City Council’s ordinance subcommittee, at its June 20 meeting, approved a new ordinance governing growing and sales of marijuana within city limits. That ordinance must still go before the City Council, and there was no word this week on when that will happen.

Ordinance Committee Chairman Terry Mercer said it was smooth sailing for the measure through ordinance, as there’s little the city can do about marijuana growers outside state control, and he expects a similar path before the full council. Growers will be allowed to

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