Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Walnut Hill Plaza – Valley Breeze
WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket’s partially vacant shopping plazas have seen significant interest from medical-related businesses in recent years, and now a new type of medical offering is expected to open its doors on Diamond Hill Road.
Dr. Paul Isikwe, a pharmaceutical industry professional and president of the newly formed RMI Compassion Center, plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Walnut Hill Plaza. RMI Compassion Center won its license to operate during a state lottery held last Friday, Oct. 29.
Isikwe, who lives in Providence, told The Breeze he has limited experience in Woonsocket but was attracted to the idea of opening a dispensary in the city due to the area’s reputation as a health care center with the presence of CVS Health. Woonsocket, he said, is something of a “dead spot” for medical marijuana access, as the closest state-licensed compassion center is located in Providence.
“It’s not far, but it’s not close,” he said. “They’re patients, and if they need access to their medicinal marijuana, I think proximity is key.”
RMI Compassion Center submitted its application to the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation last July in accordance with state licensing procedures. Last Friday, state officials selected five new medical marijuana dispensaries to