By Jim Therrien, Banner/VTDigger
BENNINGTON — The first medical cannabis dispensary in one of the state’s underserved areas is being greeted enthusiastically by patients, operators said.
They also revealed that a vacant industrial building in Bennington is one of the sites being considered for a marijuana cultivation facility that the organization, PhytoCare Vermont, hopes to establish this summer.
“We are very excited,” said William Cats-Baril, chairman of PhytoCare board, which opened the dispensary April 17 in a small retail center at 120 Depot St.
“I think we had a good reception,” he said, “and we are grateful for the support of the community.”
Cats-Baril said the dispensary was expected to open with about 20 registered patients but already has 86.
“It shows that the state was right that Bennington was an underserved area,” he said.
According to facility director S.J. “Wilson” Decandio, patients registered with the Bennington dispensary have been receiving medical cannabis, following an initial consultation to help determine the most effective product to address their medical issue.
In addition to registering with a specific dispensary, patients with qualifying medical conditions also must have a