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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Outlaw dispensaries there greatly outnumber about 150 licensed storefront retailers. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Illegal pot shops disrupt California's budding legal market," 6 July 2018 Brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in Newport Beach under municipal code. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Newport Beach sues to halt what city calls a marijuana dispensary at Church of the Holy Grail," 3 July 2018 Not all dispensaries have finished the licensing process. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why (and How) California Is Destroying Mountains of Weed," 2 July 2018 Thirteen more grower/processor permits and 23 dispensary permits are at stake. Andrew Wagaman, Philly.com, "Pa. court dismisses another challenge to medical marijuana program," 29 June 2018 Many viewers circulating the video on social media called on marijuana dispensaries to boycott TreatWell, which combines marijuana plant extracts with coconut oil to produce tinctures that are said to relieve pain in pets and humans. NBC News, "'Permit Patty' resigns as CEO of cannabis company in fallout over video," 27 June 2018 South Florida’s dispensaries currently include Curaleaf; Knox Medical in Lake Worth; Trulieve in Miami; and Surterra Wellness Center in Miami Beach. 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 That Lynch, who happens to be African American, is involved in the medical marijuana dispensary business may be curious to some. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Weed in Ohio: Medicine now, but that'll change in time," 4 June 2018 Matthew Price, part-owner and operator of Portland and Eugene medical marijuana dispensaries called Cannabliss, pleaded guilty Thursday to four counts of willfully failing to file income tax returns, a misdemeanor. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Marijuana business owner pleads guilty to failure to file tax returns," 31 May 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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