Medical Pot
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A small but growing number of patients have gotten medical marijuana since New York recently launched one of the strictest programs in the country.

Proposals for the first two medical marijuana dispensaries in Vermont have won conditional approval from the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

The facilities are planned for Burlington and Waterbury.

The state last year passed a law that authorizes up to four privately run dispensaries to provide marijuana for patients with chronic illness or intractable pain.

The department said Wednesday that when each dispensary satisfies the stipulations in the statute, they will be issued a certificate of operation.