Rhode Island's 3rd, final medical marijuana dispensary opens in Warwick


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WARWICK, Rhode Island — Rhode Island's third and final medical marijuana dispensary has opened in Warwick.

WJAR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/11CXxkD ) that the Summit Medical Compassion Center opened on Wednesday.

Bill Berube was the center's first patient and tells the station he used to use narcotics and pain killers to manage a medical issue, and he has been able to switch to medical marijuana, which has helped a lot.

Two other dispensaries opened in Rhode Island last year in Providence and Portsmouth. Three are allowed in Rhode Island. They all had to be approved by the Department of Health.

Under state law, medical marijuana patients must get approval by their doctors and register with the state. WJAR reports there are around 9,300 patients registered in Rhode Island.

Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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