Congratulations to Vermont for becoming the 11th state to allow for the adult-use sale of marijuana! Vermont first legalized recreational marijuana on July 1, 2018 when H. 511 was enacted. H. 511 allowed individuals over the age of 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish, grow two to four marijuana plants at home in a secure location, and possess marijuana produced by those plants. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) provides a summary of H.511 here. H.511, however, did not allow for the commercial sale of marijuana.
- The Cannabis Control Board (the Board) will regulate and license Vermont’s commercial market;
- The Board will license retailers, cultivators, product manufacturers, wholesalers, labs, and integrated licenses.
- The Board must prioritize applicants that: re medical cannabis dispensaries; have environmentally sustainable plans; are owned by minorities or women; have plans to recruit and promote minorities, women and those disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition; or have plans to pay living wages and offer benefits.
- Localities must opt in to have cannabis retailers operate in their location, but cannot prohibit other types of cannabis businesses.
- Vermont is imposing potency limits, including a 30% THC limit on flower and 60% THC limit on concentrates.
- By March 1, 2022, final rules will be adopted for adult-use cannabis establishments.
- By May 1, 2022, licenses will begin being issued for small cultivators, integrated licensees, and testing labs.
- By May 1, 2022, integrated licensees may begin selling to adult consumers.
- By June 1, 2022, the board will begin issuing all cultivator licenses.
- By August 1, 2022, licenses will begin being issued for product manufacturers and wholesalers.
- By October 1, 2022, licenses will begin being issued for retailers.
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