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Vermont to expand medical cannabis program 

Vermont lawmakers have approved a modest expansion to the state’s medical marijuana program, permitting dispensaries to open more locations and expanding the list of medical conditions treatable with MMJ.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval on a voice vote Monday. The Senate has already approved the bill.

Vermont has four licensed nonprofit dispensaries. The approved measure would allow each existing dispensary to open two more locations.

People suffering from Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder would also be able to access medical cannabis under the measure, a move that could broaden Vermont’s patient count and boost MMJ sales.

In addition, the legislation would permit patients to both grow MMJ and purchase it from a dispensary.

In a previous version of the bill, patients had to choose between growing it themselves or buying it from a dispensary.

– Associated Press

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