PROVIDENCE — The state Office of Cannabis Regulation on Friday awarded its sixth and final new medical marijuana dispensary license to Mother Earth Wellness Ltd., which plans to open a retail business at 125 Esten Ave., in Pawtucket.
That’s where company owner and director Joseph Pakuris operates one of his other businesses, Kitchen and Countertop Center of New England.
The official and brief announcement – occurring over a Zoom meeting – lacked the drama that marked last October’s lottery selection for five other new dispensary licenses.
Then, 23 different companies vied for those regional licenses. The awarding of a license for Zone 6 — stretching from Pawtucket, through the East Bay, to Tiverton – was delayed after one applicant challenged its disqualification from the lottery.
By Friday Mother Earth Wellness was the final qualified applicant for Zone 6 and therefore no lottery was needed.