Everything You Need to Know About a Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
The first retail sales of recreational marijuana began in Vermont this weekend. The state has processed about 30 applications from businesses that want to sell adult-use weed, and more are expected to open soon.
The new shops will have someone checking government-issued photo IDs to ensure only customers who are 21 and older are allowed inside the store. They will also have security cameras at the entry and exit of the building.
What is a dispensary?
A recreational dispensary like Vermont Bud Barn is a retail store where you can buy marijuana for sale. It is an entirely different experience than shopping for other products because regulations govern everything from how a product is displayed to who can enter.
Now, 25 stores selling adult-use cannabis in Vermont, and more are expected to open in the coming weeks. Seven more stores received licenses this week, and another four plan to do so within a month, according to the state’s Cannabis Control Board.
Where can I buy weed in VT?
In October, just three Vermont retailers were licensed to sell recreational weed. But that number is expected to skyrocket as more retailers get their licenses and ready their stores for sales.
Vermont’s first day of adult-use sales drew long lines, strong demand, and a celebratory atmosphere. It was also the culmination of months of preparation and work on both sides of the business.
To ensure that the industry is fair and equitable, regulators prioritized review. They waived licensing fees for social equity applicants — Black or Hispanic entrepreneurs and businesses from communities impacted by cannabis being outlawed or having family members who have been incarcerated. Several of these have been approved.
How do I get a dispensary card?
If you have a qualifying medical condition and live in Vermont, you can apply for a medical marijuana card. The process is simple and can be done through an online platform.
Once approved for a medical card, you will receive it in the mail within 30 days. Once you have it, you can use it to purchase cannabis legally.
A medical card will allow you to buy and possess up to two ounces of weed and five grams of concentrate. It also exempts you from paying taxes on your purchases.
You must have a doctor’s recommendation to get a medical card in Vermont. Licensed physicians, licensed naturopathic doctors, certified physician assistants, and approved advanced practice registered nurses can provide this recommendation.
Can I grow my weed?
It’s no secret that growing your weed can be time-consuming and costly. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can reap the rewards.
The first step to starting a cannabis grow at home is selecting suitable soil. It should have enough nutrients and moisture to support the plant’s growth cycle.
In addition, the soil should be free from toxins and heavy metals. Water testing is essential to determine your soil’s pH and heavy metal levels before planting.
Once your soil is ready, it’s time to plant seeds. Start with a standard potting soil mix in a small container with drainage holes.
Are dispensaries regulated?
When Vermont legalized the sale of recreational marijuana last October, it became the 11th state to do so. In addition to establishing a regulated cannabis market, the law contained some strong social equity provisions.
For example, the Cannabis Control Board prioritized review and waived licensing fees for social equity applicants. In part, it ensures that the retail market is more inclusive and will be run by smaller growers.
As of this writing, the state has about 25 retail dispensaries. Several are located in towns like Burlington, Rutland, and Middlebury.