US (RI): Medical cannabis grower gets dispensary license

The city will be getting a little more greenery as the leaves change this fall, with a medical cannabis dispensary expected to be ready for business in Pawtucket by Oct. 1.

Mother Earth Wellness Ltd. was granted a license for a medical cannabis dispensary at 125 Esten Ave last Friday, April 29. The license is the sixth to be awarded, following an October 2021 state lottery issuing five new medical cannabis dispensaries licenses for locations in Woonsocket, Central Falls, Foster, Cranston, and South Kingstown. Mother Earth Wellness’s Pawtucket location lands in zone 6, which stretches from the East Bay to Newport.

Mother Earth Wellness received site approval for use as a cannabis compassion center at the same location as their other business, Kitchen & Countertop Center of New England, back in December 2020. They were previously approved as a cultivation center in this industrial open zone.
Massachusetts medicinal and adult-use dispensaries are encroaching on Rhode Island borders, and receiving this license to open within Ocean State borders is an undeniable financial opportunity for business partners Joe Pakuris and Eddie Keegan. However, both business partners were quick to emphasize that their pursuit of this approval was more about providing medicinal access to local patients than profit.

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