dis·​pen·​sa·​ry | \ di-ˈspen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce dispensary (audio) \
plural dispensaries

Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed

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During the final decade or so of colonial rule, the French state overcame its secular principles and helped the church in a burst of missionary zeal, building schools and dispensaries which spread the faith. The Economist, "Why Pope Francis struggles in Africa," 7 Sep. 2019 In all four cases, Correia allegedly accepted bribes from the companies in exchange for granting them non-opposition letters, which are required for dispensaries who want to serve medical patients to move forward in the process. Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II allegedly extorted four marijuana companies," 6 Sep. 2019 The recreational cannabis law states that there should be a minimum distance of 1,500 feet between cannabis dispensaries. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook Plan Commission signals initial support for recreational cannabis businesses in commercial areas, but not on-site consumption," 5 Sep. 2019 Since then the ordinance has been modified several times, including the addition of two licenses for dispensaries that could make local deliveries but not over-the-counter sales. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside to place cannabis tax on ballot," 27 Aug. 2019 Going wide, Secrets of the Empire is now screening at shopping centers from California to the New York island, among the sock kiosks and mocha dispensaries, monetizing meatspace in the age of the online marketplace. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The VOID Is Where Virtual Reality Enters the Dying Meatspace of the Mall," 23 Aug. 2019 There are already cannabis tour buses, and the city's dispensaries do brisk business. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 Florida’s 2017 law put a 25-location cap on each licensed company’s dispensaries in the state, to gradually increase as there are more eligible patients. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "Here’s where to find medical pot dispensaries in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties | MAP," 10 Aug. 2019 According to authorities, the kidnappers believed the man, a marijuana dispensary owner, had buried a large sum of money in the Mojave Desert at a spot where his car had been traced via GPS. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "With shouts and tears, man accused of kidnapping, torturing Newport dispensary owner claims he’s been wronged," 6 Aug. 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or minor medical treatment is given


dis·​pen·​sa·​ry | \ dis-ˈpen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce dispensary (audio) \
plural dispensaries

Medical Definition of dispensary

: a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed

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