Vt Marijuana Registry says 1 certificate available

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Public Safety said Tuesday it was taking applications from businesses that would like to apply for a certificate to open a fourth medical marijuana dispensary in the state.

So far, certificates have been issued for dispensaries in Burlington, Montpelier and Brandon.

The Vermont Patients Alliance in Montpelier opened its doors in June, the first to open to registered medical marijuana users. The Champlain Valley Dispensary opened later in Burlington, said Lindsey Wells, the state’s marijuana program administrator.

A third dispensary in Brandon has not yet opened.

“Things seem to be running smoothly. There are always some growing pains,” Wells said.

The original law, passed in 2011, authorized the use of medical marijuana in Vermont to relieve symptoms of some chronic medical conditions. The law allows up to four dispensaries.

As of Tuesday Vermont had 890 registered medical marijuana patients and 120 care givers.

The rules that govern the Vermont Marijuana Program govern the procedures for issuing registrations to dispensaries, identification cards to qualified patients, care givers and employees of the dispensaries.

Applications can be found on the Department of Public Safety’s website.

The closing date for applications is Sept. 3. Each application must be accompanied by a $2,500 non-refundable application fee.

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