Champlain Valley Dispensary opened its newest shop and office space in late June on Green Tree Drive, around the corner from the South Burlington police station. A bill last year allowed each of Vermont’s five medical marijuana dispensary licensees to open a satellite location. Champlain Valley, which opened its flagship downtown Burlington dispensary in 2013, is the first in the state to take advantage of the law.
Bridget Conry, Champlain Valley’s director of sales and product development, said the company runs a grow operation in South Burlington and had a good relationship with city officials as it prepared to expand.
“When we had the opportunity, we took it,” said Conry. “It’s not downtown; it’s easier to get to for some patients; it’s quieter; there’s more space and there’s plenty of parking.”
During a tour Friday morning, a front desk attendant buzzed in this reporter via a video intercom. Inside, jazz played in a waiting room with couches and chairs. The reading material was on brand: magazines such as Cannabis Now, Dope and THC: The Hemp Connoisseur.
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Offices, a private consultation room and an employee break room are off a long hallway. At the center is the sales area, with three display cases of cannabis products, separated by small walls. Green light emanated from under the counters. State law allows three patients in at a time, Conry said, and the walls allow for some semblance of privacy.
“At first, patients were more secretive: I don’t want people to see me,” Conry said. “It’s not like that anymore.”
The cases contained edibles, skin patches, tinctures, concentrates, bags of dried flower, vaporizer cartridges and salves.