Public Figures in Maine Want to Get in the Marijuana Business

January 18th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Joints in Bottle

Former state Democratic Party chairman and congressional candidate William J. Lynch and Pawtucket’s recently retired police chief are among a group of public figures who want to open the state’s first compassion center to sell medical marijuana with a plan to grow cannabis in an ornate downtown Pawtucket building that formerly housed an exclusive old-time men’s club.

Theirs is one of 18 groups that have applied to the state for licenses. Among the other applicants is a pastor from West Warwick who is facing marijuana charges after the police raided his Providence Street church in September and found 183 marijuana plants.

The Pawtucket contingent submitted a proposal under the business name Rhode Island Center for Compassion and Wellness, which would operate its storefront dispensary at 26 Main St., in the city’s downtown.

Lynch lost in the September primary to then-Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline in the campaign for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy. Cicilline won the seat in November.

Lynch, a former city councilor and mayoral candidate, is the son of the late Pawtucket Mayor Dennis M. Lynch. His younger brother is former Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch. Joining Lynch in the license application is George L. Kelly III, a 36-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department. He retired as chief two months ago. Other principals are Mary E. Bray, a member of the state Public Utilities

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