MONTPELIER, Vt. —
It was a close family friend who first showed Shayne Lynn the benefits of marijuana.
Several years ago, that friend was battling cancer and doing chemotherapy.
Lynn said his friend also turned to medical marijuana for pain relief. It allowed them to walk without pain and be able to sit for a meal with their family.
In 2011, Vermont passed a law allowing medical marijuana dispensaries.
Lynn, the Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Dispensary, was the first to apply for a license to sell medical marijuana.
“I started getting involved in the statehouse. I kind of sought out a lawyer, a lobbyist and connected them and said ‘how do I, what happens here.’ They said go to the statehouse.” Lynn recalled.
Today, Champlain Valley Dispensary has locations in Burlington, Brattleboro and has plans to add a third location in Middlebury.
The business could expand if Vermont leaders decide to legalize recreation marijuana.
In September, Gov. Phil Scott signed Executive Order 15-17 to establish a Marijuana Advisory Commission.