Now accepting applications . . .

A jar of “Juicy Fruit” at the Green Cross dispensary in San Francisco. Meri Simon / San Jose Mercury News

The Rhode Island health department will start accepting applications from hopeful medical marijuana dispensary operators starting Thursday, just in time for St. Joseph’s day. Don’t get too excited; dorm rooms and off-campus apartments aren’t zoned for this sort of thing.

The General Assembly passed a bill this summer allowing for the creation of up to three “compassion centers” in the state. Rhode Island has had a medical marijuana program for years, but before now, patients needed to grow their own marijuana or buy it on the street.