The Vermont Cannabis Control Board issued the first two adult-use cannabis retail licenses on September 14th, two and a half weeks ahead of schedule. More adult-use retail licenses are expected to be approved in the coming days.
The newly licensed businesses include FLŌRA Cannabis in Middlebury and Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland. Additionally, the board has permitted CeresMED in Burlington to transition from medical to recreational sales, according to an article from Ganjapeneur.
In a press release, James Pepper, Chair of the Vermont Cannabis Control Board said, “Today’s license approvals mark a historic moment for Vermont that is decades in the making. We would not be here without the tireless dedication of cannabis advocates, the legislature, our agency partners, and most importantly the CCB staff.”
In a VT Digger report, FLORA Cannabis co-owner Dave Silberman said his store is aiming for an opening on October 1st. Others say October 1st isn’t possible with the number of local licenses needed to get the business open and suggest November 1st as a more likely opening date.
The newly licensed businesses will be allowed to sell cannabis to adults once they pay their license fees, train employees to recognize symptoms of over-consumption and substance use disorder, and obtain local licenses if their municipality has created a local control commission.
Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Vermont, over half of the municipalities in the state have opted in to allow adult-use cannabis sales. Businesses can only apply for a license once their local municipality has opted into the program.
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