Vermont Considers Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
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Vermont Considers Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2011 at 06:02:34 PT
By Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press 
Source: Burlington Free Press
Vermont -- Here’s what Shayne Lynn envisions somewhere in Chittenden County: an office as non-descript as a doctor’s office or a pharmacy from which he would sell marijuana to those with qualifying medical conditions.There’d be a waiting room. Clients would be seen by appointment only. There’d be security. He might also offer clients yoga, acupuncture and Reiki. He’d probably grow the marijuana somewhere else, at an indoor facility.
Lynn could become one of the first people to run such an operation in Vermont if proposed legislation the Senate is expected to consider this week passes.Lynn, a 40-year-old professional photographer who lives in Burlington, said he believes in marijuana’s medicinal value for those who suffer from chronic pain and he thinks it’s wrong that such people have nowhere legal to buy the relief.“People having to go out and buy it on a corner from someone — it’s not right,” Lynn said. “I see this as an opportunity to run a successful, local, nonprofit business which would provide medical respectability to the current and future patients on the registry. It would open a more honest, serious dialogue about the benefits of cannabis.”Medical marijuana has been legal in Vermont since 2004, for those with qualifying illnesses — including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis — who sign up for the state’s registry. The 2004 law allows patients to grow their own marijuana, but advocates say many find that a daunting task, leaving them with the prospect of making illegal deals for street dope.The state’s medical marijuana registry specifies, “The Marijuana Registry is neither a source for marijuana nor can the Registry provide information to patients on how to obtain marijuana.” Snipped  Complete Article: Burlington Free Press (VT)Author: Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Published: April 4, 2011Copyright: 2011 Burlington Free PressContact: letters bfp.burlingtonfreepress.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 04, 2011 at 09:44:41 PT
economic caste system
They have to be non-profit yet they must pay the state $30,000+ in tax (fees). It almost sounds like medical apartheid. They barely have a law as it is now, obviously 99.8% of the patients in the state do not participate. The whole thing is a mockery. It's the old parallel universe land-of-make-believe again. I think it's important to continually reject the propaganda, if not publicy then for yourself. These people don't want to help, they're obstructing cannabis as much as they can and still get elected.
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