U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha took another step this week to prevent medical marijuana centers (or compassion centers) from opening.
Neronha sent a warning letter to property owners who are expected to lease space to medical marijuana centers, reports the Associated Press. The U.S. attorney says these property owners could face "forfeiture proceedings," according to the article.
The Associated Press spoke with Middletown doctor Seth Bock about the letter. You can read his reaction in the article here.
In spring 2011, Bock's proposal for the Greenleaf Compassionate Center in Portsmouth was one of three medical marijuana centers, or compassion centers, in Rhode Island approved for licenses by the Department of Health.
But the process got put on hold by Gov. Chafee in May after U.S. Attorney Neronha issued a letter saying he did not support the centers.
Bock plans to open a medical marijuana center at the Portsmouth Business Park, located at 200 Highpoint Ave.
The owner of the building is Gateway Ltd. Partnership. The building is also home to a number of other businesses, including Peak Fitness, High Point Salon and Spa and R.B. Queern & Co., a utility service company.
Bock and a consortium of partners, including the owner of Rhode Island Nurseries, were expected to lease space from this company at the industrial park.
What do you think about this latest step? Should the owners of these properties face "forfeiture proceedings?"