PROVIDENCE — Businesses hoping to win licenses to operate six new medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island will be waiting longer.
The lottery to award the coveted licenses won’t happen in the first week of August as expected, state regulators say, because the administrative appeal of one of the rejected lottery applicants continues.
That appeal first delayed the lottery from getting off the ground in the spring.
Now a lottery won’t be scheduled “until that appeal has run its course,” Matthew Santacroce, chief of the Office of Cannabis Regulation within the Department of Business Regulation, said Tuesday.
How long that will be remains unclear, Santacroce said; he said he may have a better sense of the timing of events “in a couple weeks” after more meetings between lawyers for the DBR and the rejected applicant.