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BURLINGTON, Vt. – With the passage of Vermont’s latest medical marijuana reform bill (S.16) in May, big changes are coming to the way that medical marijuana is dispensed in the state of Vermont. The changes are coming into effect as the number of registered patients continues to grow rapidly, increasing over 27% in the last eight months alone.

These changes include permitting a fifth dispensary license — applicants attended an FAQ session last week — AND allowing all license-holders to open up to two unique retail locations, more than doubling the number of locations where medical cannabis can be vended from the current four to a potential ten.

There has previously been plenty of speculation about potential locations for the fifth license holder, but on Monday, the Vermont Marijuana Registry confirmed that they have received completed applications from each of the four existing license holders and listed the locations of those proposed new satellite dispensaries in three Vermont counties:

South Burlington and Williston in Chittenden County, Middlebury in Addison County, and Hartford in Windsor County.

 

The current population of registered medical marijuana patients in Vermont as of June 2017 – via Vermont Marijuana Registry

Speaking with an official from the Vermont Marijuana Registry, Heady Vermont did confirm that the four applications came from the four unique existing license-holders, each of whom submitted a single application — each application costs a nonrefundable $2500 fee to submit — for a single new satellite location.

Both the state official and representatives from the dispensaries were quick to also note that these are only applications and that, “these are only proposed locations and have not been confirmed”, also clarifying that, “the proposed locations are unrelated to the applications for the fifth dispensary license”.

Heady Vermont reached out to representatives of each of the four dispensaries seeking confirmations to match the existing dispensary with the satellite application; however, those representatives all declined to comment on their specific applications or did not return emails/phone calls before print time.

Although he declined to comment on the location, Shayne Lynn, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Dispensary and Southern Vermont Wellness, did respond to a request for comment saying:

“We hope our request is approved as we are continually improving our products and services for our patients – access and affordability are equally important.”

There’s certainly private speculation already about which dispensary wants to go where with these applications, and while Heady Vermont won’t publish that (probably accurate) speculation, we will update this story if/when we can independently confirm those details.

As Heady Vermont confirmed last week, at least one new applicant – Vermont Green Grow – is proposing a new dispensary in Bennington if they are granted the next dispensary license.

Bernie Barriere of Vermont Green Grow Listens as Vermont Marijuana Registry Officials Answer Questions About Dispensary Application Process – Eli Harrington, Heady Vermont 2017

Dispensary applications are due Friday, July 28 at 4:30pm with the recipient being announced in mid-September (right around the same time as the Vermont Hemp Festival). A panel composed of registered patients and caregivers will review and score the applications, then give recommendations to Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, who will make the final determination.

 

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