Deadline nearing for Vt’s 4th marijuana dispensary

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Businesses have until next week to submit applications to the Vermont Department of Public Safety to open a fourth medical marijuana dispensary in the state.

Lindsay Wells, the state’s marijuana program administrator, told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/15sLwfe) the state has received few complaints about the first dispensaries, and only from patients with concerns about access, not from the general public.

Shayne Lynn told the paper he thought he’d have about 75 clients by now at the Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington but is already at 175.

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

A state 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.

So far, certificates have been issued for dispensaries in Burlington, Montpelier and Brandon. As of earlier this month, Vermont had 890 registered medical marijuana patients and 120 care givers.

The law authorized the use of medical marijuana relieve symptoms of some chronic medical conditions.

Twenty other states have approved use of medical marijuana.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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