Vermont Grants Medical Marijuana License To PhytoScience Institute

Ron Strider

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety on Friday approved a license for the state's fifth medical marijuana operation, which plans to open dispensaries in Bennington and St. Albans.

PhytoScience Institute, led by University of Vermont professor William Cats-Baril, beat out four other applicants vying for a state license. According to its website, the Institute already offers testing, research and consulting services for marijuana products.

While the Vermont legislature failed to legalize marijuana last session, it did pass a law that allowed for a fifth medical marijuana dispensary license. The legislation also permits each of the five licensees to operate a satellite location.

Vermont currently has dispensaries in Burlington, Montpelier, Brandon and Brattleboro, and there were 4,609 registered medical marijuana patients as of late August, according to the DPS.

The department noted in its press release that both Bennington and St. Albans are "underserved areas" for medical pot patients. The state used a scoring system to evaluate applicants based on factors that included their proposed locations and the strength of their business plans and security precautions.


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