Who Makes Up the Vermont Cannabis Trades Association?
Who Are The Members of The Vermont Cannabis Trades Association (VCTA)?
The Vermont Cannabis Trades Association (VCTA) represents most of the medical dispensaries in the state, except for Grassroots Vermont in Brandon.
The VCTA includes Champlain Valley Dispensary in South Burlington and Southern Vermont Wellness (now rebranded to CeresMED under the company’s new Slang Worldwide ownership), as well as Ceres Natural Remedies CBD stores in Burlington, Middlebury and Brattleboro. SLANG Worldwide, a publicly traded company that specializes in consumer cannabis packaged goods, owns cannabis brands and product lines that are distributed in 12 states.
PhytoCare Vermont in Bennington and Vermont Patients Alliance in Montpelier, owned by Curaleaf Holdings, are also VCTA members. Curaleaf’s operations cover over 135 dispensary licenses, 107 operational dispensary locations, over 30 processing facilities, and 22 cultivation sites with 2.0 million+ square feet of current cultivation capacity.
New York-based iAnthus Capital Holdings, which owns the Grassroots Vermont medical dispensary in Brandon, currently has 26 dispensaries open and operating, and the Company’s licenses permit it to own and/or operate a total of 68 dispensaries in the U.S.
The VCTA exists to lobby for the good of its members, and has currently has a representative, Meg D’Elia, on the Vermont Cannabis Control Board Advisory Sub-Committee on Medicinal Cannabis.
As existing operators, all of these dispensaries are eligible to apply for integrated licenses in the adult use program. Theoretically, under the current timeline, they will be operating as soon as May 1, 2022.