With The Changes In The Bill, He Estimates The Number Of Patients Enrolled In The Program Could As Much As Double.

Others supported the bills proposal to introduce more licenses. Bennington resident Bernie Barriere, of Vermont Pharma, said he questioned that simply allowing existing dispensaries to open new locations would establish competition. He and others, including Dave Silberman, said Vermont currently has among the highest costs for medicinal marijuana in the country. Jeffrey Wallin, director of the Vermont Crime Information Center, which oversees the medical marijuana program, said an increased number of patients and dispensaries would weigh on department resources. With the changes in the bill, he estimates the number of patients enrolled in the program could as much as double. Currently, 3,817 patients are on the registry. The additional patients would increase the workload for employees in the program. Changes to the dispensaries, such as adding new licenses and allowing advertising, would also require additional work by the program to ensure the businesses are in compliance, he said. Paul Harrington, of the Vermont Medical Society, had concerns about aspects of the legislation. He opposed language in the bill that would marijuana expand the conditions that qualify a person for the registry, which he said could make someone eligible if they came down with a cold.

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