CENTRAL FALLS — An amendment to the final reading of ordinance will extend the allowed hours of operation for a pending cannabis compassion center, which could potentially include recreational sales, in Central Falls across all seven days of the week.
Council members voted to move the item to the start of their agenda Monday evening. After discussion, members cast a final 4 to 3 vote – with Council President Jessica Vega, Member Franklin Solano and Councilor-At-Large Tatiana Baena dissenting – to approve cannabis establishment hours. These new, amended and approved hours will allow cannabis retail facilities to operate Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pinnacle Compassion Center, which seeks to open for operation in the former Crest Tiles Distributors building at 1136 Lonsdale Avenue, was one of five applications chosen through a state lottery conducted by the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) last October. City Council members have said the city can’t deny the business unless it fails to meet state requirements or pay a $500,000 annual licensing fee by a late-July deadline set by the DBR.
Dan Issa, a former state