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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Even in Michigan, the billboards advertising websites, such as weedmaps.com, which pinpoints the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries, are pretty common. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado," 12 July 2018 In South Florida, legal growers operate only a handful of dispensaries. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Want a job legally selling pot? You could be in luck: Florida's medical marijuana industry is beginning to take off," 25 June 2018 Marigold Sweets are sold at only a handful of dispensaries right now but are worth seeking out—and maybe even booking a flight for. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 June 2018 Town Planner Hiram Peck told the commission that people interested in opening one of the new dispensaries in town have approached him in recent months. Ken Byron, Courant Community, "Avon Planners Approve Rules On Medical Marijuana," 29 Mar. 2018 While the act was passed in 2015, the Texas Department of Public Safety authorized a total of three dispensaries to begin growing and distributing the product in late 2017. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "10-year-old boy among the first in Houston area to begin legal cannabis oil treatment for epilepsy," 27 Mar. 2018 Hyman regularly goes to several dispensaries around Weston to try different strains to tamp down his daughter’s episodes. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Overlooked deadline could stop some medical marijuana processing in Florida," 12 July 2018 Most of the companies issued permits last year, including dispensaries Keystone Canna Remedies of Bethlehem and Mission Pennsylvania of Allentown, have begun operations. Andrew Wagaman, Philly.com, "Pa. court dismisses another challenge to medical marijuana program," 29 June 2018 And in California marijuana dispensaries, Heineken subsidiary Lagunitas is already selling sparkling water infused with CBD and its psychoactive cousin, THC. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot," 5 Dec. 2018

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1699, in the meaning defined above

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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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