Stores divided on pot shop zoning

Updated at 11:15 a.m. on June 7.

PROVIDENCE LEADERS are considering an ordinance that will allow the establishment of cannabis retail shops in more locations in the city, a move that has drawn mixed reviews from some businesses. The state is preparing to issue 24 retail marijuana licenses statewide. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A proposal to allow retail cannabis shops to open in more parts of Providence has business owners split over whether they’d welcome those businesses in their ­neighborhoods. Dispensaries are currently only allowed to open in a specific industrial zone in Providence, mainly because of the size of the space needed to grow cannabis. But with

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  1. This is not at all what I said. I did question the proximity to schools and I said I don’t think it would be a good fit. I said I’d like business to come to the area that are going to stay in business and I don’t see that happening with a dispensary. I also said I think the availability of affordable, organic produce and foods in neighborhoods is more of an issue than accessibility weed. And I never said anything about a Wayland Square being an “upscale corridor”. The reporting kept trying to bait me with questions like “Are you worried about the clientele?” to which I said no. But I guess that’s not as interesting and she didn’t get the snotty comments she wanted from me so she made them up. Great reporting!