leaders at the Statehouse prepare to debate
whether to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, city and town officials
across Vermont are grappling with how to handle the prospect of medical
dispensaries coming to their community.
are two medical marijuana dispensaries slated to come to Vermont – one in Burlington and the other in Waterbury. But
while the exact location and many other details about the operation of the Burlington dispensary are known, there are more questions than
answers when it comes to Waterbury’s
Jeff Wallin, the director of the Vermont Criminal Information Center, talks with Vermont Edition about the first two medical marijuana dispensaries that have received preliminary approval since the legislature passed a law allowing up to four around the state.
safety officials have given conditional approval to the state’s first two
medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Burlington. Other towns are deciding whether to opt out of the program by
crafting zoning ordinances that preclude dispensaries.
Nearly 700 people in Vermont have permission to use medical marijuana,
but buying it legally is a challenge. Now the state is in the early
stages of establishing up to four dispensaries where patients will be
able to purchase medical marijuana directly.