(NECN: Jack Thurston, Montpelier, Vt.) – Medical marijuana advocates cheered a new Vermont law that will make it easier for seriously ill residents to get the drug. The Green Mountain State will spend the next nine months to a year preparing to open marijuana dispensaries. The state will join Rhode Island and Maine in giving patients a way to more easily get pot.
“It’s a compassionate and smart thing to do,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.
Vermont already had a law authorizing patients with chronic pain or other conditions to use marijuana to ease their sickness. But if they struggled to grow it on their own, they couldn’t legally buy it. Now, the state has okayed the creation of up to four non-profit dispensaries, so users don’t need to get medicinal pot on the streets.
“It is difficult to go to the black market because not only is it illegal, it’s also unsafe and unregulated,” said 23-year-old Max Thayer, of East Wallingford, Vt.
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