RI seeks party that is third run lottery for medical cannabis dispensary permits

Rhode Island is looking to hire someone to run the lottery process that will determine who gets the opportunity to operate six new medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

A request for proposals posted online Friday said the “random selection process” will be held by the state “on or about May 14, 2021, contingent on the (Department of Business Regulation’s) determination of qualified applicants.”

Bidders will have to “describe the controls that will be in place during the design, development and administration process to ensure confidentiality and the integrity of the selection that is random identifier process,” in line with the RFP.

“Following the choice drawing, the company or person is likely to be necessary to offer documents and/or official certification of this random selection procedure and event.”

The due date for submissions for the lottery RFP is March 24.

Rhode Island received 45 applications for the six medical cannabis dispensary licenses final December, after Gov. Gina Raimondo won a battle that is political state lawmakers over oversight of the MMJ industry in February 2020.

The state currently has three marijuana that is medical, called compassion centers.

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