Vermont Considers Dispensaries

Like Hawaii, the state of Vermont has had medical marijuana laws on the books for several years, but has left patients to either grow their own cannabis or buy it from illegal sources.

Also like Hawaii, Vermont is considering the creation of dispensary system this year. In fact a bill allowing the creation of such businesses has already been introduced into the state legislature and has passed the state Senate Government Operations Committee and is scheduled for a full Senate hearing sometime this week.

The bill, which was sponsored (in part) by Senator Richard Sears (D-Bennington) includes restrictions that make it fairly conservative, especially when compared to the systems in place in states like California. Among them is a requirement that patients have appointments in order to buy cannabis from dispensaries.

There would also be a limit on the number of dispensaries allowed in Vermont. While the current language in the bill calls for a maximum of two dispensaries, it will be raised to four on the recommendation of Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn.

The change would increase revenue to the state as well as make it easier for patients.

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2 Responses to Vermont Considers Dispensaries

  1. lindzzz says:

    I think that two dispensaries is not adequate so I am glad to see they are changing it to four. Requiring an appointment, I think they should do at least one dispensary per county. I suppose it all depends on how long it takes to get an appointment. If they are completely booked for weeks, what are patients supposed to do? However, if they are able to accommodate people either the same day or the morning after they try to make an appointment, then I think that it would be a good thing because then you know that you wouldn’t have to wait because you have a scheduled time. How will they determine how long your appointment should be? I think that there are a lot of details to work out that go along with the proposed rules. I hope that they are able to help the patients in a timely manner, because a state-run facility is definitely safer than buying your medicine from an illegal drug dealer.

  2. Chief says:

    For every state that the feds decide to prosecute the dispensaries, there is one more that is able to operate as long as they have it under control. With enough states on our side then maybe the feds will stop trying to prosecute then it will save them and the entire country money that is spent on medication that actually works.