Call it the triumph of good ol' Rhody provincialism.
The Rhode Island Department of Health has selected three applicants to open medical marijuana dispensaries, or "compassion centers." And among them is Seth Bock, a well-trimmed acupuncturist who plans to open a center in Portsmouth. He was featured in a story I wrote a few weeks back on marijuana going mainstream in Rhode Island.
And while the state's guidelines suggested it would favor applicants in Rhode Island's most populous areas, Bock made an explicit appeal to a different way of plotting dispensaries; patients from the thinly populated, he argued, shouldn't have to drive all the way to metro Providence or South County to buy their ganja.
Looks like it worked. Gotta love this state.