Warwick considering new rules to limit marijuana dispensariesPosted by On

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Warwick City Council is considering changing zoning rules in a way that could keep new marijuana dispensaries out of the city, as the state gears up for a lottery to determine how to dole out six coveted new licenses.

A zoning change proposed by Councilman Timothy Howe would effectively prevent a second dispensary — known as a compassion center — from opening in Warwick.

But the city’s Planning Department is already recommending against the measure, saying it would “preclude competition.”

“We already have one in Warwick that is going just fine,” Howe told 12 News when reached by phone Wednesday. He said he submitted the proposed zoning change at the request of a constituent, whom he did not name. (He said no one from Summit Medical Compassion Center, the existing dispensary, asked him to submit the proposal.)

Howe said his primary goal was to allow the public to weigh in on whether Warwick allows a new dispensary in…

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