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Marijuana dispensary eyes purchase of property housing Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont

A Rutland, Vt., property that houses a Norman Rockwell museum could be sold for a marijuana dispensary. Above, Rockwell’s painting “The Rookie.”
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A Rutland, Vt., property that houses a Norman Rockwell museum could be sold for a marijuana dispensary. Above, Rockwell’s painting “The Rookie.”

A property that currently houses the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont could become the Green Mountain state’s next marijuana dispensary, trading the nostalgia of Rockwell’s quintessential American experience for a homegrown experience of a different kind.

Not to be confused with the esteemed Norman Rockwell Museum in the Berkshires, the Vermont museum is located along Route 4 in the town of Rutland, a separate municipality that surrounds the city of Rutland. The museum’s website touts a Rockwell display of more than 2,500 magazine covers, advertisements, paintings, and other works commemorating the artist’s years in Vermont.

The 5,364-square-foot building has been for sale for more than a year, according to Joseph Zingale, Rutland’s town administrator.

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At a town meeting July 25, Zingale said an attorney with Gravel & Shea, a law firm based in Burlington, Vt., contacted him about a client who wanted to get on the Select Board’s agenda to discuss a plan to purchase the property and open a marijuana dispensary.

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The attorney is expected to come before the town Select Board sometime in August, Zingale said.

He said the client is Lily Pad Organics Inc., run by Daniel Reilly Jr. and Daniel Reilly Sr.

Vermont already has four medical marijuana dispensaries. in Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington, and Montpelier, according to the news website VTDogger.org . Other parties were interested in opening a dispensary near the museum a few years ago, Zingale said, but it never happened. The property is large enough that it may allow the dispensary to grow marijuana on-site.

Meanwhile, the region’s preeminent Norman Rockwell Museum is located not in Vermont but in Stockbridge, Mass.

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Founded in 1969 by Norman and Molly Rockwell, it is home to the world’s largest collection of his work, as well as his archives, featuring more than 100,000 documents and other personal items.

Cristela Guerra can be reached at cristela.guerra@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CristelaGuerra.