PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Five new medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open across the state in the coming months after a long-awaited lottery on Friday randomly selected the winners, who had applied for the coveted licenses last year.

The lottery, which selected from geographic zones in order to spread out the access to medical cannabis, resulted in five winners: RMI Compassion Center in Woonsocket, Pinnacle Compassion Center in Central Falls, Green Wave Compassion Center in Foster, Solar Therapeutics in Cranston and Plant Based Compassionate Care in South Kingstown.

None of those municipalities currently have a dispensary, known in Rhode Island as compassion centers; the existing three are in Providence, Warwick and Portsmouth.

The lottery was conducted by the Department of

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