Greenleaf Compassion Center Seeks Approval For Medical Marijuana Delivery Service

Greenleaf Compassion Center in Portsmouth RI, is asking approval from the Health Department to offer a delivery service to their registered patients.  If approved, Greenleaf would deliver medicine to their patients throughout RI. Only patients who have appointed Greenleaf as one of their caregivers will be able to use Greenleaf’s services.  Greenleaf proposes to provide daily deliveries in Newport (free delivery) and Bristol ($5 delivery fee) counties. They propose to provide deliveries twice a week to Kent, Providence and Washington counties (delivery charge $10).  Deliveries would be available only for orders of medicine which exceed $100 (excluding sales tax). Payment would have to be by credit card or check. Cash would not be accepted. 

Greenleaf must seek approval from the Health Department because a delivery service was not included in their intitial compassion center application. The Health Department will not hold a hearing but is accepting written comments from the public on Greenleaf’s proposal. Comments should be emailed to Mr. Edward D’Arezzo: edward.d’ by the close of business on Monday, September,16.  Questions should be directed to Mr. D’Arezzo at the above email address or 401.222.1006. Questions may also be directed to RIPAC at or 401.861.1601.


U.S. Pain Foundation – Pain awareness event 9/21/13 at Miriam Hospital

RIPAC is proud to associate itself with the U.S. Pain Foundation, a national organization working to inform and recognize the 100 million Americans who battle with pain everyday.  The Foundation will be having a pain awareness event on  Saturday 9/21/13, 2 – 4pm at Miriam Hospital in Providence (164 Summit Ave. – Hurvitz Board Conference Room) where health care professionals and patients will converge to discuss issues concerning patients suffering from chronic pain.  A panel of patients will discuss  the positive effects of MMj on their medical conditions.  Last year’s event was a huge success and recommended for anyone suffering from chronic pain who wants to learn more.  Event if FREE and all are welcome. Here’s the agenda:


Introduction  – Paul Gileno

                   Founder/President of the US Pain Foundation Inc.

Guest speaker:

             George Pasquarollo, DO, FAAO

              “Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma”

Inspirational Speakers

             Nicole Toscano and service dog Watson – student at Providence Çollege 

                    living with RSD and Ehlers Danlos

             Dr Bonnie Cunningham – coping with severe back pain and surgeries


Introduction of local support groups

           Krista Brack – Ehlers Danlos RI Support Group

           Sue Pinkham – TCAPP (The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain)


Speaker: JoAnne Leppanen

                 Executive director of RIPAC – RI Patient Advocacy Coalition


Medical Marijuana Panel – sharing how medical marijuana had helped their condition:

         Krista Brack – Ehlers Danlos and Chiari Malformation

         Scott Cunnigham – MS

         TomZerrier – severe back pain and surgeries

         Linda Davis – obstructive hydrocephalus

         Sally Gabb – stage IV cancer


Refreshments donated by WHOLE FOODS