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Montpelier City Council takes up marijuana dispensary

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The Montpelier City Council on Wednesday night takes up the issue of the city hosting one of the state's first marijuana dispensaries.

The group Patients First is investigating using a former restaurant and fitness center off River Street to open a dispensary.

While some in town, including City Council members, support the idea, Mayor John Hollar said how the issue came about needed more transparency.

"My primary concern was that the City Council hadn't been briefed on it," Hollar said. "We didn't know this application had been made, that this facility was being considered and we probably should have-- given the nature of it-- had the opportunity to be aware of what was being proposed."

Montpelier police chief said in written remarks that despite pot still being illegal under federal law, he's satisfied with the security and safety measures the state has set up for the dispensaries.

Unless further action is taken, the zoning permit for the dispensary becomes effective Friday, although the owner has said the dispensary is still months away from opening.

The Nov. 14 City Council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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