Middleboro: Aspiring marijuana grower scopes out R.I. operation

A Middleboro man who is one of the 19 Plymouth County applicants for a license to grow and sell medical marijuana is modeling his plans on a facility in Rhode Island.

This week WATD visited the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence to see what could be in store for Massachusetts.

Security at Slater is tight, there’s bulletproof glass and walls, security cameras and all movement is tracked through electronic access cards.

Slater has been open since April and one of their customers, 56-year-old Christie White, who is terminally ill with cancer, said she gave up narcotics in favor of marijuana because it doesn’t have the same side effects.

Timothy Shaw of Middleboro, principal of the Green Harvest Wellness group, has submitted an application to grow and sell marijuana in Plymouth County and is using Slater as his model.

Slater grows marijuana under optimum conditions: the light and temperature is regulated, fertilizer is delivered through tubes and the plants are forced to develop as many buds as possible, 64.

Shaw said it will cost at least $1 million to start up a medical marijuana dispensary and he would hire more than 50 employees. He expects the state to issue licenses by January.

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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.