Vermont looks to add fifth medical marijuana dispensary

Vermont is seeking to add a fifth medical marijuana dispensary, following through on a new law that expanded the state’s MMJ program.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety began accepting dispensary applications at the end of last week. 

The state now has four licensed marijuana dispensaries – in Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington and Montpelier – that dispense the drug to people suffering from debilitating illnesses.

Applications for a fifth dispensary registration certificate are due by 4:30 p.m. July 28. They must include a $2,500 nonrefundable application fee.

The new dispensary comes after Gov. Phil Scott last month signed into law legislation that expanded the state’s medical cannabis program. In addition to adding a fifth dispensary, the law allows another dispensary license to be issued when Vermont’s MMJ patient count grows to 7,000. The current patient count is roughly 4,000.

The law, which took effect July 1, also expanded the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. More information about applying for the fifth license is available on the Vermont Marijuana Registry webpage.

– Associated Press