Owner of medical pot club in Providence faces drug charges

Owner of medical pot club in Providence faces drug charges

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Ex-firefighter in Newport, once honored for pulling a woman from a burning car, says he was set up in providing drug to undercover officer Journal State House Bureau JenniferBogdan PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A retired Newport firefighter once honored as a hero for pulling a woman from a burning car has been arrested for allegedly distributing marijuana illegally from his members-only medical marijuana club on Gano Street. Patrick J. Rimoshytus, of Warren, was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with controlled substance conspiracy. He also faces multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver between one and five kilograms of marijuana, according to state police. The 47-year-old is a registered patient and caregiver who uses medical marijuana to treat chronic pain resulting from his injuries as a firefighter. In 2015, Rimoshytus opened Green Cross of Rhode Island — a state-registered nonprofit organization — in Warren. He expanded to Providence in December 2016, taking over the former A New Leaf flower shop in Fox Point. Green Cross exists, he says, to help the more than 16,731 medical marijuana patients in the state find caregivers, or registered growers, who provide the drug at lower prices than the state’s dispensaries. The club gives the parties a safe place to meet and exchange medicine, he said. It also offers marijuana growing classes and cooking classes to its members. Under state law, registered caregivers can accept money but only to cover their growing expenses. Marijuana can also be "gifted" to registered patients. "Honestly, this is embarrassing for me. Every day I stress to patients to stay within the law," Rimoshytus said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It’s a slap in the face to have the state come in and do this." State police would not provide any […]

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