MONTPELIER—The Cannabis Control Board approved its first batch of retail establishment licenses on September 14, 2022, to the following applicants, two and a half weeks ahead of schedule:
- Mountain Girl Cannabis (Rutland)
- FLŌRA Cannabis (Middlebury)
Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., CeresMED, Ceres (Burlington) was also included as an integrated licensee.
Integrated licenses may engage in the activities allowed under all current adult-use licenses, including retail sales. These businesses are currently licensed as dispensaries under Vermont’s medical-use program and may now engage in adult-use sales.
“Today’s license approvals mark a historic moment for Vermont that is decades in the making,” said James Pepper, Chair of the Vermont Cannabis Control Board. “We would not be here without the tireless dedication of cannabis advocates, the legislature, our agency partners, and most importantly, the CCB staff.”
Approved retail establishments may begin operation once they have paid their licensing fees, met any outstanding contingencies, and received their local license if their municipality has created a local control commission. That date will vary from business to business.
While these approvals mark a turning point in the road to a more sensible adult-use marketplace, it is important to note that this is not the end of the journey. The board recognizes that delays in initial licensure for applicants—especially Vermont’s outdoor cultivators—means not everyone will be able to fully engage with the market this year, which in turn will create early supply shortages. A similar dynamic has occurred in the initial rollout of each adult-use state as the supply chain develops.
The CCB’s licensing team remains hard at work reviewing applications for all license types, and the board will continue to approve them on a rolling basis. “This market will take time to equalize, but with today’s licensing decisions, we have taken an important step towards creating something that can truly benefit Vermonters.”
More information on all approved licenses, including the register for license applications, may be found online at https://ccb.vermont.gov/licenses