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Vermont: Milton Medical Marijuana Grow Facility Up And Running


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana patients in Chittenden County, Vermont, now have access to locally produced cannabis after a grow facility has opened in Milton.

It took some time, reports Terri Hallenbeck at Seven Days, but the Milton grow facility is up and running, accordindg to Shayne Lynn, executive director of the Champlain Valley Dispensary and Southern Vermont Wellness.

Lynn's company runs two of the state's four licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, in Burlington and Brattleboro, and is continuing to use its older growing and testing facility in South Burlington, he said.

State officials turned down Rutland County Organics' request to move their dispensary from Brandon to Williston, hoping to tap into the larger Chittenden County market. State officials were concerned that patients in the Rutland County area would be left without convenient access, according to Lindsey Wells, Vermont's marijuana program administrator.

State dispensaries recently got permission to start home delivery, provided the Department of Public Safety approves their procedures, including safety precautions. Patients have to pick, and stay with, one dispensary (what if they are dissatisfied with the one they pick?), but marijuana delivery services aren't limited by a patient's location in the state.

Vermont: Town May Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Vermont: Town May Allow Medical Marijuana DispensaryBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Vermont's newest medical marijuana dispensary may have found a home after the town of Brandon's Development Review Board changed the conditional use of permit of a building to allow for the cultivation and dispensing of cannabis.

The board issued its decision on March 6 for the application by Alexandra Ford, on behalf of Rutland County Organics, to use a 6,700-square-foot building located at 84 Lovers Lane, as allowed by the state, reports Lucia Suarez at the Rutland Herald. The board approved the change by a unanimous 5-0 vote.

"The board finds the proposed development as submitted meets the requirements of the Brandon Zoning Bylaw and is in accordance with the Performance Objectives and Standards of the Brandon Land Use Ordinance," the March 6 decision read.

The building is owned by Chuck Mitchell Properties, and formerly housed a wood furniture manufacturing facility until last year.

Zoning Administrator Tina Wiles said people with interested party status have until April to appeal the board's approval. She said any appeals would need to prove that the board's decision results in "undue adverse effects" to the capacity of the building, the character of the area, traffic in the vicinity, Brandon's bylaws and ordinances, and impacts.

"A person cannot appeal just because they don't like the project," Wiles said.

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