World War II veteran, 96, to make first legal purchase of recreational marijuana in Rhode Island

This is a file image of marijuana at a dispensary. (Seth Wenig, AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran is set to make the first legal purchase of recreational marijuana in Rhode Island.

Joe Maraia, who’s also the grandfather of Slater Center’s CEO, will be making the purchase at a ceremony this Thursday in Providence.

According to a press release, Slater Center opened in 2013 as the state’s first medical cannabis compassion center.

“On December 1st, [Slater Center] will continue to serve medical cannabis patients along with offering adult-use cannabis and cannabis products to anyone 21 years of age or older,” said Chris Reilly, a spokesperson for Slater Center.

The ceremony is set for 7:45 a.m. Thursday at Slater Center’s dispensary building on Corliss Street. Then, the doors will open to the public at 8 a.m.

Back in May, Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Under the law, possession and home-growing of pot will be legal for anyone 21 over in the state.

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