Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Start This Summer

01/12/12 6:06AM The Associated Press

The first medical marijuana dispensaries could show up in Vermont by the summer.

The state last year passed a law that authorizes up to four privately run dispensaries to provide marijuana for patients with chronic illness or intractable pain. Vermont has over 400 patients and 68 caregivers on the medical marijuana registry, which allows them permission to grow enough for their own use. The dispensaries would give patients who can't grow them another means of getting it.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Francis Aumand, director of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, told a state Senate committee on Wednesday that rules to run the dispensaries should be ready in the next couple of weeks.

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