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Time for Decision on Compassion Center Licenses Extended

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) needs additional time to reach a final decision on licenses for up to three compassion centers. At last month’s public hearing on the applicants, HEALTH anticipated that the review and evaluation would be complete by July 30.

“We want to assure that all information included in each of the 15 applications for a compassion center license is reviewed carefully and thoroughly,” said Director of Health David R. Gifford, MD, MPH. “Due to the larger than anticipated number of applicants and the volume of material submitted, HEALTH needs more time to complete this process. The latest we would have a final decision is early September.”

To view the applications for compassion center licenses, visit

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