Russell Griffiths, an economic and policy analyst with the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, will have his eyes covered when he picks five numbered balls from a transparent tumbler borrowed from Twin River Casino this Friday, according to the Office of Cannabis Regulation (OCR)’s announcement.
A livestream of the lottery will be available via Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83258732614?pwd=VWIyeDlWTXpwRGpFRG94UStoWWtudz09
Rather than further delay the lottery due to the administrative appeal of one non-approved applicant, OCR will proceed with a lottery for the pre-approved companies who have submitted a total of 37 license applications in the other five zones across the state. Due to the administrative appeal, a lottery to select the licensee for the Newport area will not be held on Friday.
Depending on which zone a given applicant has applied to be licensed, the odds will differ. In Zone 3, for example, a license will be awarded to one of two applicants: Green Wave CC Inc. or Rhode Island Compassion Center Inc. Zone 4, on the other hand, features eleven companies vying for a single license. One ball—representing one applicant—will be randomly selected for each of the five zones.
Good luck to all the applicants.
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