Prospective Dispensary Drops Appeal After Delaying RI Cannabis Lottery

Atlas Enterprises Inc. has dropped their appeal

 A prospective medical marijuana dispensary in Newport has dropped its appeal before the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, which could allow a lottery to move forward to award a license in a region stretching from Pawtucket through the East Bay to Aquidneck Island.

Atlas Enterprises Inc., which had proposed a dispensary on J.T. Connell Highway, was blocked more than six months ago from participating in the state’s random lottery to open a cannabis business because Newport has an ordinance banning dispensaries.

But the company appealed the decision, causing the entire process of issuing new medical marijuana licenses to be delayed for much of this year. The delays led to frustration from the other applicants, who had secured premises last year as required, only to be left waiting to find out if they’d ever be able to open a business. (State lawmakers approved the expansion of the number of marijuana dispensaries from three to nine in 2019.)

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