While recreational legalization failed recently in the Green Mountain State, the Vermont medical marijuana program is still making progress.
On July 1, 2017, the application window opened for those hoping to open the state’s fifth dispensary. Legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott on June 8, now known as Act 65, allows the Vermont medical marijuana program to increase the number of registered dispensaries from four to five.
If you want to apply, you have to submit a completed application by July 28 that includes a business and cultivation plan, facility location details, personnel policies, recordkeeping procedures, security measures, information on patient convenience and a nonrefundable application fee of $2,500.
Vermont’s four current dispensaries are located in Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington and Montpelier. While the addition of a fifth dispensary might give the current operators some competition, Act 65 also permits each dispensary to open a second location so operators can extend their reach and expand safe access for patients.
Act 65 also recognizes Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder as qualifying conditions for the Vermont medical marijuana program. For PTSD patients to qualify for recommendations, they have to prove that they are also seeing a licensed psychotherapist or counselor.
As of June 28, the Vermont medical marijuana program has 4,438 registered patients. Once the registry hits 7,000 patients, the state will move to accept applications for a sixth dispensary.
Additional information is available on the Vermont Marijuana Registry website.