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Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board Becomes Highly Popular

Vermont Cannabis Control Board

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There are many popular things visitors love to do in the state of Vermont—from visiting luxury ski resorts to leaf-peeping in the beautiful autumn months to savoring the one-of-a-kind tasty maple syrup treats that Vermont has been known for since the 1800’s. Recently, however, it seems the most popular thing for residents of Vermont to do is apply to be one of the three representatives on Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board.

Like pledging a sorority, this “event” has everyone excited. Most likely, it’s because this board is going to be a powerful entity that will end up implementing rules and regulations, while also overseeing licensing for the state’s adult-use marijuana marketplace—something that is going to come to pass very soon.

Applicant names, of course, are confidential under the law passed last year (Act 164) that finally legalized recreational cannabis sales in Vermont beginning in 2022. However, the demographic information about the people who applied have been released by Governor Phil Scott’s office, and this data shows a rich variety of people that cover almost every category. Among the applicants, both men and women have applied; they cover a menu of races and demographics, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, mixed races, and more. In addition, applicants represent those who are from Vermont and those who live out of state.

When it comes to the job of the Cannabis Control Board and the three representative slots, a press release from the governor’s office stated: “Candidates will be expected to develop a new complex regulatory system within a very tight timeframe established in the Act. Preferred candidates will have experience in administering complex regulatory systems and the ability to manage a start-up enterprise with responsibility for licensing, compliance and enforcement.”

The governor is the one who will ultimately appoint the three board members, but a seven-member Cannabis Control Board Nominating Committee will first vet the applicants. By statute, two lawmakers each from the House and Senate serve on the nominating committee: Rep. Janet Ancel (D-Calais), Rep. John Gannon (D-Wilmington), Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham) and Sen. Chris Pearson (P/D-Chittenden).

Under Act 164, the governor had to choose three others “from the Executive Branch.” His picks include Anson Tebbetts, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; Nicholas Lopez, an attorney with the state Department of Human Resources; and Sabina Haskell, a woman from Burlington, Vermont who is Director of Public Affairs at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Haskell previously worked at the Agency of Natural Resources, and now serves on the state Department of Liquor and Lottery board.

Once hired, the Cannabis Control Board members are full-time state employees. The chair will serve three years and earn an annual salary of approximately $107,000. One member will serve two years, with the last member serving one year. An executive director and an administrative assistant will also be hired.

The process of attaining the three representatives will be a long one, with the vetting of applicants only in the beginning stages. The delays have been understandable, seeing as that the pandemic has taken focus off other state issues. But, in the end, the law states that the control board must be able to recommend certain fees in one month’s time, and to begin setting up all rules and regulations for cannabis establishments by June 1st, 2021.

Once this board is up and running and a structure has been set in place, the state of Vermont is counting on being able to issue the first licenses to begin legally selling weed no later than May of 2022.

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