Seth Bock of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth worries that he’ll be out of business in two years if his customers opt to buy across the border rather than deal with the expense and bureaucracy of renewing patient cards.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The head of one of the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries said he believes he could go out of business in two years if Rhode Island doesn’t take steps to counter the expected opening of recreational marijuana shops in Massachusetts next summer.
Seth Bock, the CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth, told a legislative oversight panel Tuesday that the opening of recreational stores in the Bay State is his biggest business concern.
A significant number of patients will be faced next year with the choice of renewing the patient cards or “saying you know what, I don’t want my name on a list,” Bock said, suggesting that medical patients will buy from recreational shops in Massachusetts.
The nearly 19,000 Rhode Islanders in the program must renew their patient cards annually at a cost