Vermont's Medical Marijuana Venture Takes Root
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Vermont's Medical Marijuana Venture Takes Root
Posted by CN Staff on March 31, 2014 at 20:02:14 PT
By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer
Source: Burlington Free Press
Vermont -- When Shayne Lynn opened the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary in Burlington last year, he figured the business would be serving 100 patients by mid-year. Try three times that.Four months into 2014, the patient base has soared to 325, with nearly three full months to go before the Champlain Valley Dispensary ends its first year of operation this June.
“We’re seeing two or three new patients every week,” Lynn said in a recent interview. “It shows how great the need is for this.”The business has so outgrown its one-room facility on the Burlington waterfront that it will be moving this spring to a larger location nearby.Statewide, the number of Vermonters involved in the state’s medical-marijuana program also is way up — setting off a range of complexities surrounding the drug’s availability, effectiveness, quality control and other concerns.As of Wednesday, the number of patients approved to use medical marijuana was 1,182, up 90 percent from this time a year ago, according to data maintained by the state Public Safety Department.There’s also been a 74 percent jump in caregivers during the same period. As of last week, Vermont has 153 caregivers, people qualified to assist patients either by legally growing marijuana in small batches or obtaining it from one of the state’s four dispensaries.For many medical-marijuana patients, legal access to strains of the drug has made a big difference in their quality of life.“It’s been an amazing blessing,” said Diane Nazarenko, 61, of North Ferrisburgh, who went through decades of pain from a back injury that occurred when she was in her 20s. “I’m able to sleep through the night for the first time in a very long time.”Yet the success of the medical-marijuana program in Vermont has come with its share of setbacks and struggles. SnippedComplete Article: Burlington Free Press (VT)Author: Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff WriterPublished: March 30, 2014Copyright: 2014 Burlington Free PressContact: letters bfp.burlingtonfreepress.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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