After years of steady growth, Vermont’s medical marijuana registry is shrinking.
Since hitting a high of 5,662 patients on June 7, 2018, the state-run program had shed about 400 people by March 19, according to data provided by Vermont marijuana program administrator Lindsey Wells.
That means that the number of patients has wilted in the months since Vermont legalized possession and home growing of cannabis for adults as of July 1, 2018.
“We were having a very steady growth,” Wells told Seven Days. “We’re definitely not having the growth anymore.”
That’s bad news for the state’s dispensaries, which have reported a 25 percent to 30 percent drop in sales since legalization, according to Wells. Most of the purchases are of infused products, she said, because anybody can grow their own flower.