CENTRAL FALLS – The City Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance that would set hours for a pending medical marijuana dispensary looking to open shop at 1136 Lonsdale Ave.
The council voted on the first reading of the ordinance on Monday. A second reading and vote is expected to be held during a special meeting this Thursday, May 19, or during the next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 23.
The ordinance, as presented last week, states that the dispensary would be allowed to operate Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and it would be required to be closed on Sundays.
During the latest council meetings, residents who live in the area of the proposed dispensary have voiced concerns with the impact the business could have on their neighborhoods. Council President Jessica Vega told The Breeze she understands the citizens concerns, and agrees the address on Lonsdale is “not an ideal location.”
Pinnacle Compassion Center was one of five applications chosen through a state lottery conducted by the Department of Business Regulation last October, and Vega said the city can’t deny the business unless it does meet permitting