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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Temptation was easy for banks to resist when following the letter of federal law simply meant refusing business from pot dispensaries with safes overflowing with cash. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Weed Versus Greed on Wall Street," 25 Jan. 2019 When the dispensary posted a picture of the scout to Instagram, commenters responded with passion on all sides. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "2018 was a difficult year for cookies," 21 Dec. 2018 Find out what forms of payment your chosen dispensary takes and get cash if necessary. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "6 Things to Know Before You Even Set Foot in a Marijuana Dispensary," 24 Oct. 2018 However, 98 dispensaries were forced to shut down in September due to new licensing requirements, according to The Detroit Free Press. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Marijuana in the 2018 Midterms: A State-by-State Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 Only patients and caregivers registered with the state who have received medical ID cards and recommendations from a physician will be allowed to buy from the dispensaries. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Regulators to name locations of medical weed stores in Greater Cincinnati today," 4 June 2018 Greg Shoenfield, vice president for operations, said the company collects sales data from dispensaries and uses statistical modeling to project statewide sales. Brad Branan, sacbee, "California not meeting revenue projections for commercial cannabis, analyst says | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Some allow medical marijuana dispensaries and home cultivation. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 32 states," 14 Nov. 2018 The majority of the dispensaries are in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, leaving gaps in availability in the state’s farther flung counties. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Mount Vernon, co-owned by Hopkins medical professor," 20 June 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 \
plural dispensaries

Medical Definition of dispensary

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

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