Nearly 9 years after the first Medical Marijuana law took effect, patients who use cannabis to relieve symptoms of their chronic ailments will soon have safe, legal and reliable places to buy their medication.
Dispensaries will sell a variety of cannabis strains and help patients select the strain that will help with their symptoms. Appointments must be made in advance— drop ins are not permitted. All three dispensaries plan to offer either sliding-scale or percentage discounts for low-income patients.
By law, patients on the medical marijuana registry are still permitted to grow their own, but those who choose to use a dispensary must tell the state which one, and be issued a new ID card. The new ID card will indicate which dispensary the patient belongs to and will also have additional security features. Once a patient chooses a dispensary, the patient cannot change to another one for at least 90 days and cannot grow their own marijuana plants.
Under current law, only four dispensaries can be licensed in Vermont. Lindsay Wells, state administrator, said that the Department of Public Safety plans to re-open the application process for the fourth and final dispensary "in about a month or two."
Three dispensaries are slated to open soon. Check their websites for more details and information about how to make an appointment:
In Burlington: the Champlain Valley Dispensary on Lower Main Street opening Mid June http://www.cvdvt.org
In Montpelier, the Vermont Patients Alliance on River Street opening mid-June http://www.vtpatientsalliance.org/
In Brandon, Rutland County Organics at 84 Lovers Lane opening July
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People who are already registered on the Medical Marijuana Registry have been receiving information about the Dispensaries.
I’m not on the Registry. How can I join a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?
First, you must be a Vermont resident. Second, you must register as a patient in the Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry. Then you will be able to designate which dispensary you’d like to join. For information about joining the Registry, go to: vcic.Vermont.gov/marijuana_registry If you don’t have computer access but would like the forms, contact the Coalition and we’ll send you information and the documents.