Note: The following is a Heady Vermont exclusive and may be reprinted on other news sites with permission. Heady Vermont is a participant in Vermont Cannabis Week and will be hosting an anniversary party on 4/20 at the Skinny Pancake from 7 -11 p.m. featuring brief remarks, food and drink specials, and live music from DJ Taka.

RICHMOND, Vt. — Last month, between bouts of below-zero weather and snowy days, the newly-created, not-yet-incorporated Vermont Cannabis Association (VCA) quietly introduced its inaugural Vermont Cannabis Week, a yearly statewide event program developed to promote cannabis culture and encourage legislative advocacy in Vermont.

The week kicks off Wednesday, April 19 and runs through Wednesday, April 26, featuring a series of events, workshops, community gatherings, and participatory actions focused on the state’s growing cannabis industry. Topics include: medical cannabis and patient advocacy, cultivation and therapeutic application, legislative advocacy and local cannabis media, industrial hemp and cannabidiol; as well as entrepreneurship, networking, technology and the arts. 

Daniel Giangreco, a Richmond-based entrepreneur and the group’s founder and acting director, is the driving force behind both the VCA and Vermont Cannabis Week. He has ten years of experience in organizational and municipal economic development is also the brains behind Vermont Cannabis Brands, a cannabis industry incubator; and co-founder of Schema Violation, a software development company. 

“With Vermont Cannabis Week we raised a new flag, and it’s been amazing to see how responsive the community has been,” said Giangreco. “The slate of events keeps growing, we’re starting to attract national interest, and sitting in a room with the folks organizing the various events, the enthusiasm is undeniable.”

Giangreco noted that, to date, cannabis advocacy in Vermont has largely been occurring piecemeal, by various parties in disunity. “By making Vermont Cannabis Week happen we’re bringing it all together,” he said. “And we’re not just telling our legislators it’s time for change, we’re showing them.”

“We’re not just telling our legislators it’s time for change, we’re showing them.”

The VCA, Giangreco says, is the only statewide organization dedicated to positively engaging and representing the diverse interests and voices of Vermont’s cannabis community. Its members and development board reflect just that, hailing from social service, justice reform, medical, science and educational organizations; as well as members from the state’s agricultural, media, technology, and military veterans communities. The VCA is also actively engaged with the industry’s ancillary service providers and association counterparts in other states. Ultimately, says Giangreco, the VCA’s mission is to promote an industry culture that truly operates in the public trust, works to limit negative impacts on the environment and contributes to a sustainable economy.

We don’t claim to be the voice of the industry, but a platform where those diverse perspectives can be engaged—that’s the Vermont way.

“The VCA is not exclusively focused on Vermont’s medical cannabis industry, but on the broader constituency of stakeholders who function in relation to the existing and anticipated industry,” said Giangreco. “It’s our practice of inclusivity and positive engagement that has allowed us to attract such a diverse and talented group of Vermonters, from a range of professional, educational and political backgrounds, to our organization. We truly pursue a nonpartisan approach to community and economic development. Our policies and initiatives follow the facts, and we don’t claim to be the voice of the industry, but a platform where those diverse perspectives can be engaged — that’s the Vermont way.” Vermont Cannabis: Heady Vermont Watermark

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