PROVIDENCE — To glimpse how the local marijuana industry is forging broad alliances, check out the applications from 28 companies hoping to run one of Rhode Island’s six proposed new medical marijuana dispensaries.
The state Department of Business Regulation posted on its webpage Friday the hundreds of pages each applicant submitted in hopes of qualifying for a lottery later this year to build and operate a retail-only store.
The applications provide each company’s organizational structure along with the resumés of disclosed investors, officers and advisers.
They illustrate how a burgeoning industry is drawing partnerships, between tech and former casino executives and former state police troopers (hired as security consultants); between doctors and pharmacists with veteran marijuana growers; accountants and venture capitalists with cannabis interests in other states; and between lobbyists and former lawmakers.
One applicant, New Leaf Compassion Center, includes among its team of officers or advisers, E. Paul Larrat, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, Maria Montanaro, the former state director of Health and Human Services, and Raymond Studley, the former lieutenant colonel of the Rhode Island state police.Source…