Projo.com is reporting that Gov. Lincoln Chafee is putting the brakes on the opening of medical marijuana centers.
Chafee reportedly announced he was putting a hold on the centers' opening following a statement made by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. To view the statement by Chafee and full story, click here.
Neronha reportedly said he opposes the opening of three state-approved medical marijuana centers, including one in Portsmouth.
Neronha told Projo.com he hopes the three don't open and he might have to take "some action" if they do. There was no further explanation about what "action" Neronha would take, only that the cultivation of marijuana in great amounts "violates federal law."
To read the full story and Neronha's comments, click here.
On March 15, the state Department of Health approved an application from to open a medical marijuana center or "compassion center" in Portsmouth. Bock's application for the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center was among the three applications chosen by the Department of Health on Tuesday for a registration certificate.
Bock, who owns and operates the Newport Acupuncture and Wellness Spa in Middletown, intends to open a non-profit medical marijuana center at 200 Highpoint Ave., Unit B-6.