Public Safety announces conditional approval of fifth marijuana dispensary

The Department of Public Safety has conditionally approved PhytoScience Institute, LLC as the fifth marijuana dispensary. This past legislative session, the General Assembly increased the number of authorized marijuana dispensaries from four to five with the passage of Act 65.

PhytoScience Institute plans on operating dispensing sites in Bennington and St. Albans, two underserved areas of the state. Once PhytoScience Institute satisfies the stipulations set forth in statute, a limited operating registration certificate will be issued. Thereafter, they must obtain an active operating registration certificate and begin dispensing marijuana to registered patients within six months of approval, pursuant to rules adopted by the Department of Public Safety.

Along with authorizing the additional dispensary certificate as noted above, Act 65 allows current dispensaries to operate a second dispensing location. Information regarding the recently awarded dispensary certificate and existing dispensaries’ second dispensing locations will be provided to registered patients and caregivers prior to these locations opening for appointments.

Additionally, this act expanded the number of dispensary licenses from four to five, with a sixth permitted once the number of registered patients reaches 7,000. As of Aug. 24, there were 4,609 patients enrolled with the Vermont Marijuana Registry.

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