The retail sale of adult-use marijuana becomes legal in Vermont on Saturday, Oct. 1, ushering in a new source of revenue for the state, as well as satisfied customers, advocates hope. But in reality, hardly anyone will be ready to start selling on Saturday.
As of Friday, only three businesses had their licenses from the Cannabis Control Board − Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland; FLORA Cannabis in Middlebury; and CeresMED in Burlington. In addition, only three businesses had their licenses from the City of Burlington − Ceres, Grass Queen and Green State Dispensary − making CeresMED the only business in the city with both state and city licenses in place.
Russell Todia, chief operating officer of CaresMED, said in an email the downtown Burlington store is “tracking to begin adult-use cannabis sales in Vermont on October 1.”
CeresMED did not return a call for comment on whether they’ll be ready to sell adult-use marijuana on Oct. 1, but the company posted on its website on April 22 that, “Should we obtain an integrated license and local approval, our plan is to open an adult-use storefront in October, 2022.”
Nellie Marvel of the Cannabis Control Board said Friday the board will likely approve at least one more retail outlet at next week’s board meeting.
“I cannot say at this time which those might be, or how many will be presented to the board for approval,” Marvel said. “Those numbers are subject to change pretty much until the last minute as we continue to have communications from applicants.”
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A total of 30 businesses have applied to the Cannabis Control Board for retail licenses. The following businesses in Chittenden and Addison counties have applied for licenses:
- Green State Gardener Dispensary, Burlington
- Winooski Organics, Winooski
- 802Apoth LLC, Burlington
- Grass Queen, Inc., Burlington (approved)
- 9th State Cannabis, North Ferrisburgh
- Green Leaf Central, Burlington
- Magic Mann, Essex
CeresMED has an integrated license under Vermont’s medical-use program and may now engage in adult-use sales, according to Sept. 14 news release from the Cannabis Control Board.
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