Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Industry Is Growing — in Chittenden County

 In Local News, Medical Marijuana

Two years ago, Shayne Lynn launched one of the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries with two employees and about a dozen patients. Today, he has 25 employees and 1,200 patients at two dispensaries in Burlington and Brattleboro. A growing and testing facility at an undisclosed location in South Burlington supplies the “retail” outlets, both of which also operate under the radar.

Business is so brisk, in fact, that Lynn is running out of space. The executive director of the nonprofit Champlain Valley Dispensary is planning to expand to a new marijuana growing and testing facility in Milton that is three times the size of his current one in South Burlington. The workforce is also expected to triple. In just two years, Lynn has already met the goals in his five-year business plan.

“Demand here has grown every month since we opened,” said Lynn.

That growth, particularly in Chittenden County, has caught the attention of a rival dispensary operator who is looking to move from smaller-market Brandon to Williston, just a few miles down the road from Lynn’s Burlington store. The proposal comes in anticipation of the day — coming soon — when dispensary operators can begin delivering their products directly to customers.

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