BRATTLEBORO -- The state’s newest marijuana dispensary could open in the Vermont Building on Putney Road.
Shayne Lynn, owner of Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc. and recipient of Vermont’s fourth and final marijuana dispensary license, filed a Change of Use permit with the Brattleboro Development Review Board for approval to open the dispensary at 1222 Putney Road, in the building in front of the former Steak Out restaurant.
Lynn will appear before the DRB at the board’s next meeting scheduled for Dec. 16.
"The DRB meeting is a great chance to provide any information the community might like to know about how we plan to open, and ask questions about the rules and regulations we operate under," Lynne said. "Obviously there is a lot of misinformation out there and this a good opportunity to set the record straight and understand what we plan to do. It is also a time to put a face on the nonprofit and understand what our mission is."
The Vermont Legislature passed a law in 2011 which allowed medical marijuana to be distributed from state-approved dispensaries.
The legislation allows for four dispensaries in the state and similar facilities have opened in Burlington, Montpelier and Brandon.
Lynn is also executive director of Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington, which opened in June.
Lynn received his license for the Brattleboro dispensary in October.
Along with the local zoning permit, Lynne will also have to meet strict security measures enforced by the Vermont Department of Public Safety.
Before opening, and while the dispensary is in operation, inspectors will visit the Putney Road facility to make sure there are adequate security measures in place, including 24-hour surveillance cameras.
If the DRB approves the application Lynne said he could be open in a matter of weeks.
"If the DRB gives us the permit we hope to be there the next day starting to get ready," Lynne said. "Right now we have people driving to Burlington from southern Vermont, and that is too far to travel for your medicine. We have inventory we are starting to put aside for the Brattleboro so we are ready to make this happen."
The marijuana will be grown in a northern Vermont location where he grows the plants for his Burlington dispensary.
The Brattleboro dispensary will only be open by appointment and will only serve registered patients who are allowed to purchase up to two ounces per month.
Lynne says he hopes to hire staff from the area to make sure the medicine is available without too long of a wait.
Bob Silver purchased the Vermont Building about a year ago and he said he had reservations about renting his commercial space to Lynne for the dispensary.
But after talking to all of the tenants, which include the U.S. Post Office, the Internal Revenue Service and Bayada Home Health Care, Silver said there was no opposition to having the marijuana dispensary in the building.
"We thought there would be resistance but everyone was really happy about it," Silver said. "It seems to round out the building."
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