At least two companies vying for the state’s fifth medical cannabis license have applied for a Bennington County location, according to a VT Digger report. Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd indicated that he has been contact by Vermont Green Grow and “a doctor’s group from the Burlington area” although he did not “remember the name.”

“It is my understanding the use would be restricted by the zoning bylaw as to location, size, etc.,” Hurd said in an email to VT Digger. “The Development Review Board would have final say.”

Bernie Barriere, of Vermont Green Grow, told the outlet that he has two separate sites in mind for a cultivation facility and a retail outlet in the county, but did not disclose those sites.

Sen. Dick Sears, who championed the state’s medical cannabis legislation, said he had heard of three applicants for the region but one potential applicant dropped out of the running. According to the report, the Department of Public Safety has received seven total applications for the fifth dispensary license, and each will be scored by a committee on a 100-point system before recommendations are made to Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson.

Under the medical cannabis program expansion bill signed by Gov. Phil Scott earlier this year, the state’s current licensed operators can open a second satellite location and a sixth license will be made available when the program patient counts reach 7,000.