dis·​pen·​sa·​ry | \di-ˈspen(t)s-(ə-)rē \
plural dispensaries

Definition of dispensary 

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

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Officials in Westport, Conn., spent three years drafting a zoning amendment adopted last year that allows for two medical marijuana dispensaries. Lisa Prevost, New York Times, "Despite State Blessing, Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Rancor," 3 July 2018 State officials in April announced the commission would stop reviewing applications for dispensaries to sell medical marijuana in response to Griffen’s ruling. Washington Post, "Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program’s launch," 21 June 2018 So far, the only two sites in Hamilton County approved for a dispensary so far are in Hartwell and Columbia Township. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Weed in Ohio: Ohioans know it's coming, poll says, and they're OK about it.," 18 June 2018 State law allows for two dispensaries in each of Maryland’s 47 senatorial districts. The Aegis, "Medical marijuana dispensary coming to Abingdon," 13 June 2018 In South Philadelphia, Keystone Shops has a building on the 300 block of Packer Avenue slated for a dispensary. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Why patients still can't buy medical marijuana in Philadelphia months after the new law kicked off," 23 Apr. 2018 Acreage controls a medical marijuana group that has provisional licenses for dispensaries in the Worcester area and owns marijuana cultivation facilities and retailers in 10 other states. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Weld goes green," 16 Apr. 2018 The city has approved local permits for 23 dispensaries wanting to sell retail weed. Brad Branan, sacbee, "Sacramento leads state in number of retail marijuana shops | The Sacramento Bee," 11 Jan. 2018 Existing dispensaries that become hybrid medical-recreational shops will be required to reserve a portion of their inventories for card-holding patients. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "State could license first recreational marijuana shop Monday," 28 June 2018

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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 \
plural dispensaries

Medical Definition of dispensary 

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

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