Vermont’s licensed medical cannabis providers have submitted their proposals to the Department of Public Safety which, if approved, would see two new locations in Chittenden County. According to June 28 figures from the state Marijuana Registry, Chittenden County has the most registered medical cannabis patients in the state.
The proposals for Chittenden County are in South Burlington and Williston; the other proposals would see dispensaries located in Middlebury and Hartford in Addison and Windsor counties, respectively. Currently the four licensed operators have dispensaries in Burlington (Chittenden), Brandon (Rutland), Brattleboro (Windham), and Montpelier (Washington).
If the proposals are approved, the more-than 1,150 patients in the counties of Bennington, Orange, Caledonia, Lamoille, Grand Isle, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans would still be left without a licensed dispensary.
The second locations are allowed under provisions of the medical cannabis expansion bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott on June 8. The proposals are unrelated to the applications for the fifth dispensary licensed allowed under the law. A six-person panel will make a recommendation to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson on which applicant should receive the new license and Anderson will have the final say. The fifth license is expected to be awarded on Sept. 11.