4 charged with dealing medical marijuana illegally at lounge


ROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Four people were arrested by Rhode Island State Police Wednesday on charges of selling marijuana, after a raid of a “members-only” lounge that hosts medical marijuana patients.

A complaint dating back to November 2015 alleged wrongdoing at the Elevated Lounge on Peck Street in Providence, the State Police said Thursday.

The four suspects were associated with Rhode Island Care and Patients Services (RICAPS), and they — not the lounge — are alleged to have been acting as an unlicensed compassion center and providing marijuana to holders of medical marijuana patient cards, as well as those who didn’t have cards.

An investigation by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force had undercover officers go to the establishment and buy pot from four people.

City police and HIDTA Task Force officers raided the lounge Wednesday, seizing 21 bottles of “liquid tincture...

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