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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The first patient will be getting medical marijuana here,’’ said Randy Mire, owner of Capitol Wellness Solutions in Baton Rouge, one of the nine dispensaries authorized statewide. Melinda Deslatte, BostonGlobe.com, "Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting," 6 Aug. 2019 The Rise’s Cleveland location is the 24th dispensary with a certificate of operation, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "Former RTA board president smacked with felony theft-in-office charge: The Wake Up for Wednesday, July 31, 2019," 31 July 2019 How does Mary & Main differ from the many dispensaries nationwide ? Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "With Mary & Main, This Entrepreneur Charts An Unconventional Path In The Cannabis Industry," 30 July 2019 The dispensary hasn’t yet obtained the proper state licensing to do so. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "Fairfax officials struggling to set cannabis rules," 21 July 2019 As for businesses, the state won’t start vetting applications for licenses to make or sell medical marijuana products until August, and the first dispensaries probably won’t open until December at the earliest. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Most doctors won’t OK Missouri medical marijuana requests. But these KC clinics will," 4 June 2019 The marijuana dispensary will have a ribbon cutting June 21 at the store, 1420 Palm Bay Road NE, Palm Bay. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Medical marijuana customers will have a drive-thru option," 18 June 2018 There currently are 55 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Joseph Bustos, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois is making it hard — and expensive — to get a license to sell legal marijuana," 27 July 2019 Community Development Manager Noah Alvey said two more dispensaries are in line for conditional-use permits and the approval of the City Council. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lemon Grove City Council denies appeals for medical marijuana dispensaries," 24 July 2019

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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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