Pawtucket company aims to open medical dispensary by October
Mother Earth Wellness is the sixth and final company to receive a medical marijuana dispensary license from the state of Rhode Island. The company already operates as a cannabis cultivator that can sell to one of the three operational medical dispensaries in Rhode Island. Now Mother Earth Wellness has state approval to open their own storefront dispensary in Pawtucket. Joe Pakuris, an owner of Mother Earth Wellness says that the company is ready to move forward and bring Rhode Island patients a much needed new compassion center. Pakuris says the store could be open as soon as October.
Rhode Island lawmakers created six new medical dispensary licenses back in 2019 to expand access to medical marijuana for patients across the state. The first five licenses were selected via a lottery process in October 2021 with a deadline of late July to receive all of the necessary local approvals to operate. Many of the companies selected in the state lottery have run into problems securing local zoning approval. According to Pakuris his business already has local zoning approval which should allow him to become operational sooner than other applicants.