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Proposed Vermont dispensary regs would cap patient registry at 1,000 | The NORML Stash Blog

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5 responses to “Proposed Vermont dispensary regs would cap patient registry at 1,000”

  1. Cail

    This puts a cap on the number of people who can use the dispensary, not the number of people who can grow. Many patients will choose to continue to grow their own in order to be able to access their preferred strains and to try to control costs. Vermont is trying to walk a fine line between allowing it, and not catching the notice of federal regulators. I think the bigger problem is the limit they have on the number of mature plants (which makes clones a lot more difficult).

  2. Fran in Vermont

    I am a registered patient in Vermont. The Idea of capping the number of registered patients at 1000 is absurd at best. The program is overburdened with state fees. The program is further handicapped by the limits on the number of plants that can be grown and at this writing the state has told me that the 4 compassionate centers are not going to be ready this year. As of several weeks ago applications for the centers have not even been accepted by the state. The burdens that would be put on the centers, both physical and financial ensure that they will not be created in the near future.

  3. McD

    Fair enough – all good points and, as ever, well-written.

    Do bear in mind, however, lest someone accuse you of manipulating statistics and lying by deliberate ignorance: the entire population of Vermont, the second smallest state in the Union, is 626,431 (2011 est), which is about the same as the Jewish population of Los Angeles alone (which is about a third the size of New York City’s Jewish population).

    Having said that, one would have to concede your point: that, of those six hundred-odd thousand people, there are probably a damn sight more than a thousand, by any measure, who should have access to cannabis. (Actually, I believe EVERYONE should have access to cannabis… But that’s not the point here… Or is it?)

  4. Brent in TN

    Again as a medical user myself, that would still toke if I wasnt, we need full legalization, PERIOD! None of us will ever be truly free to consume/use this plant when we only have these 1/2, 1/3,1/4 or 1/6th legal systems! Even in CA as legal as it is, its still that much illegal too!

    When we start putting all our efforts to fully legalizing is when the fight changes!

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