Pot shop to open doors downtown
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 22:09
A medical marijuana dispensary has been approved to set up shop in Burlington.
The Champlain Valley Dispensary was granted conditional approval by the Department of Public Safety to begin selling marijuana to patients with chronic illness or intractable pain Sept. 10.
The dispensary, which will be located inside the Wing Complex on Steele Street, is expected to be open for business within six months.
Shayne Lynn, the owner of Champlain Valley Dispensary, told WCAX that he hopes to provide a comfortable and safe atmosphere for his patients.
“Very low key, very clean, but in a place that people can feel secure that there is some privacy for people, too — covered parking, handicapped-accessible,” he said.
The business will be under 24-hour surveillance and will have at least two employees in the store at all times, Lynn said.
The marijuana that will be sold at the dispensary will be grown at an undisclosed location in South Burlington.
A 2004 state law governing the therapeutic use of cannabis for registered patients and the creation of marijuana dispensaries granted the public safety department the authority to permit up to four dispensaries in Vermont.
The Burlington store is one of two that have been conditionally approved to operate, with the other location in Waterbury, according to a statement released by Vermont officials. The department is still reviewing applications for the remaining dispensaries.
Rules established by the department permit qualified patients to purchase up to two ounces of marijuana from a dispensary each month.
The rules also require that patients be Vermont residents and that they be at least 21 years of age. The state maintains an index of all registered patients.
As of March 2012, the Vermont Marijuana Registry contained 491 patients, including 84 in Chittenden County, according to the Vermont Criminal Information Center.
Lynn said he is optimistic about the future success of the medical marijuana industry in Vermont.
“I think the law that the Vermont Legislature passed is good and those regulations are what will help this program succeed,” he told Vermont Public Radio.
Sophomore Rob Liu said he supports marijuana for medicinal purposes because he has witnessed first-hand the benefits it can provide.
Liu’s relative, who was diagnosed with cancer, is prescribed medical marijuana to combat the decreased appetite caused by chemotherapy treatments.
“I think it’s awesome,” Liu said about the dispensary coming to Burlington. “Given Burlington’s dense population, it just makes sense to have it here.”