BRATTLEBORO — With homegrown marijuana becoming legal in Vermont in July and talks in Massachusetts about how to manage the sale of recreational pot, a local dispensary director is worried about how it will affect the medical program here.
“We have some concerns,” said Shayne Lynn, executive director of Southern Vermont Wellness in Brattleboro and the Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington.
He believes potential patients might experiment with growing or buy recreational marijuana instead of signing up for the medical program. Less hurdles could steer some business away.
But on the flip side, more people are talking openly about using the drug.
“It takes away the stigma of using cannabis as medicine,” Lynn told the Reformer. “That is a plus for us.”
He said more people may start suggesting friends visit the state’s website to learn about the dispensary program.
His group opened the Burlington dispensary in June 2013 and the Brattleboro dispensary in February 2014. Brattleboro currently has 1,269 patients and Burlington has 2,227.
Dispensaries owned by other groups are located in Brandon and Montpelier. And Bennington is expected to have one in the spring.