by David Downs
The Rhode Island Department of Health awarded three historic permits to operate dual farm/stores in the state this week. Among one of the winners: former Los Angeles Clipper Cuttino Mobley. Mobley put up $4 million in funding for the Summit Medical Compassion Center, Inc. which will open in Warwick in September and is expected to eventually serve 4,500 patients and bring in $24.7 million in yearly revenue.
The Philadelphia native was born in 1975, picked 41st in the 1998 NBA draft and played for the Rockets, the Magic, the Kings before helping take the Clippers to the 2006 playoffs, shortly after which he retired due to a heart condition.
In 2010, Rhode Island restarted a failed attempt to license three non-profit “compassion centers”. According to the application for Summit Medical Compassion Center, Inc., Mobley is the sole funder through his company the Mobley Pain Management and Wellness Center LLC.
“In large part due to his own personal medical experiences, and having been exposed to various medical conditions negatively affecting those close to him, Mr. Mobley is excited to embark on a second career that will be very personal and rewarding to him — helping patients and/or their families in the area of pain and wellness management (the fastest growing area in the primary care medical field today),” the application stated.
“As such, Mr. Mobley is proud to establish the Mobley Pain Management and Wellness Center to explore and implement innovative medical approaches, services and products. Mr. Mobley, individually and/or through the Wellness Center, will now be making his best assists off the basketball court — assisting patients as they recover from and attempt to manage pain and other ailments, and promoting general physical and mental wellness. The Wellness Center and Mr. Mobley personally will ensure the dedication of resources necessary to effectively support and grow the nonprofit educational, research, treatment and other operational activities of what they hope will be Rhode Island’s first-ever medicinal marijuana compassion center — Summit Medical Compassion Center.”
Nice assist, "Cat"!