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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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18 WOONSOCKET MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION perfect location for a medical mari- juana dispensary, with ample park- ing and a separate building from the rest of the plaza. The former bank already comes equipped with a vault to store the product overnight and is not in the vicinity of any schools. With the closest dispensary currently in Providence, and Rhode Island dispensaries licensed to accept Massachusetts patients, the facility would draw from a wide area. "There's a big surrounding com- munity here, so I'll go out on a limb and say you could be looking at $8 million in sales," Roy told council- ors. The only problem is that the anticipated state license that would allow the facility to operate doesn't actual exist, at least not yet. Rhode Island already has three medical marijuana dispensary "compassion centers," the maximum number currently allowable by state law. In January, Gov. Gina Raimondo proposed expanding the state medi- cal marijuana program to allow six more dispensary licenses – three of them earmarked for expansion of current dispensaries – as part of the state budget, but potential operators likely won't know until June whether the measure passes. Still, Roy told councilors it's not too early to begin planning for a dispensary contingent upon the state's approving additional licenses, and awarding his company one of the licenses. Roy said the company already has a tentative agreement with real estate manager Northeast Retail to lease the space and would be in a good position to receive one of the licenses if the General Assembly approves the expansion. "We're in a real good position to be selected based on our record with the state," he said. "Our infrastruc- ture's already in place, so we could open up a dispensary and immedi- ately be in a place to sell products to patients." Medici Products and Solutions, a company founded by Roy's son, Chris, with his business partner John Rogue, currently operates a medical marijuana grow facility in Warwick. Roy said most of the product sold at the Woonsocket dispensary would come from the Warwick grow facil- ity, with some supplied by wholesal- ers. The company also operates a medical dispensary under the name Hope, Heal, Health Inc. in Fall River and hopes to expand to recre- ational retail sales at that location. If Rhode Island legalizes recreational marijuana sales, a measure also pro- posed as a separate item in the gov- ernor's budget, the company would seek to expand to recreational sales at the Woonsocket site in the future, according to Roy. Roy told councilors the facility would generate 40 full-time jobs for the area in addition to taxable revenue for the city, though the percentage of taxable sales has yet to be finalized by state regulations. The company is also planning an extensive remodel of the interior of the building and upgrading of its security systems. Though Roy assured councilors the facility would include strict security measures, the location still offers a few hurdles. By city ordi- nance, a marijuana dispensary can- not be located within 500 feet of a residential building, and a proposed state amendment would reduce the required setback from a childcare center to 1,000 feet. The former bank location, with its close proxim- ity to the Walnut Hill Apartments and Me Too Preschool, could poten- tially violate both of these condi- tions. The company is also not the only one eyeing a proposed license. In February, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt told councilors at least one other business had expressed interest in establishing a medical marijuana dispensary in the city. Baldelli-Hunt, who has not stated a position either way on proposed marijuana dispen- saries in the city, told councilors her administration was seeking to gauge their response in order to better advise the potential businesses going forward. On Monday, councilors told Roy they wanted to see further infor- mation on the tax benefits to the city and a recommendation from the administration, but appeared open to continuing the discussion at a future date. Roy, for his part, pointed out to councilors that as a city homeowner of more than 40 years and a former Woonsocket cop, he was likely more familiar with the city than many of his competitors. "There's an old saying that the devil you know is better than the devil you don't," he said. BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM A Warwick-based company is looking to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the former MILFORD FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION build- ing in Woonsocket Plaza on Diamond Hill Road if the state approves additional dispensary licenses later this year. The bank relocated to a new space on Diamond Hill Road. DISPENSARY From Page One St. Joseph Senior Group lists trips, winners WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Senior Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the St. Joseph hall, 1200 Mendon Road, 1 p.m., and at noon when a meal is offered. A trip to the Boston Red Sox vs. the Oakland A's will be held on May 1 at 1:05 p.m., final payment is due by Tuesday, April 9. A Wildwood trip is scheduled from June 2-6, final pay- ment is due April 23. If interested, call Linda Deguire at 401-766-5879. A trip to Turning Stone will be held from Nov. 12-14 and a trip to Atlantic City with a Rockette's Show will be held on Dec. 1-3. Call Linda Deguire at 401-766-5879. Celebrating March Birthdays are Fran Furnell, Ray Beaudette, Lorie Dutremble, Ed Aubin, Arthur Benoit, Richard Deguire, John Charpentier, Pautine Bourdon, Ray Raiche, and Andy Baillargeon. The group welcomed two new members, Lorraine Poirier and Marianne Corriveau. Monthly club prize winners for March are John Charpentier, Connie Lemay, Arlene Durand, Marge Deragon, Connie Gentile, and Ray Aubin. Door prize winners at the March 12 meeting were Claire Phaneuf, Louis LeBlanc, Marianne Corriveau, Monique Auger, and Claire Biron. Raffle ticket winners were Thea Barnabe, Rose Thurber, Bob Joubert, Connie Lefebvre, Shirley Levitre, and Noella Theroux. Here's what Senior Services is serv- ing at its meal sites the week of April 1-5. Monday – Tomato soup, hot dogs and beans, cole slaw, brown bread, cookies, or turkey club on wheat Tuesday – Lentil soup, Chicken-a- la-king, mashed potato, whole grain buscuit, fruit cup, or chef's salad Wednesday – Chicken and esca- role soup, spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, brownie, or pastrami rueben on rye Thursday – Minestrone soup, Caprese Chicken, roasted potato, peas and carrots, oatmeal raisin cook- ie, or tuna salad plate Friday – Red clam chowder, cod bake with corn and potato, rice pilaf, cucumber salad, pudding, or roast beef on roll Donation $3. Mealsites in Woonsocket are located at Crepeau Court, Kennedy Manor and the Woonsocket Senior Center. 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