Dover bans medical marijuana dispensaries

Dover bans medical marijuana dispensaries

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Jars of medical marijuana. File photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger This story by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer. DOVER — Medical marijuana dispensaries will not be opening here. “The establishment, opening, operation or location of a dispensary in the town of Dover, Vermont, is prohibited,” says an ordinance adopted unanimously by the Select Board Tuesday. Police Chief Randy Johnson spearheaded the effort after wanting an ordinance in place for several years now. He said it is very similar to Newport’s version but Dover added language that would allow for the town to collect most of the funds for penalties related to smoking marijuana in public, which is not allowed under state law. The full penalty for smoking in public is $500 but waivers can be paid in the amount of $150 for the first offense and $250 for the second offense. After that, the penalty is $500. Select Board member Sarah Shippee said the process of getting dispensaries set up is too complicated to include penalties in the ordinance. Dispensaries need a letter of support from the town for the state to grant a permit to operate. Jeannette Eckert, assistant town clerk and office manager, said the ordinance will go into effect Oct. 6 unless there is a petition filed. On Wednesday, she had not heard of any petition circling. A registered voter would need to file a petition within 45 days of adopting the ordinance. Five percent of the voters would need to sign it, meaning 60 people. The ordinance prohibits retailers from selling products that have more than 0.5 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Usually cannabidiol or CBD oil, which is used for a variety of health issues, contains less than 0.3 percent THC. “You can assume good market pot to have 18 percent THC; that […]

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