by Carla Occaso
MORETOWN — The woman with the title “dispensary director” at the medical marijuana dispensary in Montpelier and her husband have been charged with felony marijuana cultivation on October 14 at their residence on Gravel Lane in Moretown. Both husband and wife, Brooke (Nicole), 36, and Benjamin, 37, Jenkins, worked at the dispensary, according to Vermont State Police Trooper Brandon Degre by telephone to The Bridge October 16.
Three or more plants constitute a felony, confirmed Degre, who is the responding trooper on the case. He could not confirm the exact number of plants or contents of the house as the case is still under investigation. The Jenkins were initially charged with cultivation and possession, but those charges are subject to change pending further examination. “There are definitely felony charges. It is just a matter of what the charges are,” Degre said.
The charges stem from a tip to state police that there was marijuana growing at a residence in Moretown, according to a press release. State Police obtained a search warrant for the residence following further investigation by troopers. During the search of the residence evidence of marijuana possession and cultivation was located.
They are due in Washington County Criminal Court December 10.