VT News Roundup: CCB Public Input Deadline Nears, Cannabis on Local Selectboard Agendas
MONTPELIER — The deadline is approaching for the public to submit its comments on the Vermont Cannabis Control Board’s Rules 1 and 2. In late December, the Control Board, as required by law, posted its proposed rules on the Vermont Secretary of State website and published notices in local newspapers of record, including the Times Argus and the Rutland Herald. The public now has a chance to comment and respond to the rules via the CCB website and during a public hearing, which will be held on Friday, January 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. — via HVT
Medical Program Transitions from Public Safety to CCB
MONTPELIER — On Saturday, January 1, the Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry has transitioned from the auspices of the Department of Public Safety to the Cannabis Control Board. As of Monday, the medical program site still shows DPS contact information on its main page. – VT Medical Marijuana Registry
Cannabis on the Manchester Selectboard Agenda
MANCHESTER — The first Manchester Selectboard meeting of the new year is Tuesday, and the agenda is packed with important issues, including what Vermont’s cannabis sales law could mean for the town.
The board, meeting at town hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday and on Zoom, will hear a presentation from attorneys Timothy Fair and Andrew Subin of Vermont Cannabis Solutions.
Last year, the board considered putting a cannabis proposal on the town meeting warning, but ultimately passed, deciding that it was too last minute. In 2016, the Selectboard made the sale of marijuana illegal under the town commerce ordinance. But that was two years before the state legalized the possession or cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.
Whether that ordinance would have to be formally repealed for legal cannabis sales to move forward remains unclear, O’Keefe said. — via Bennington Banner
Manchester SB Meeting Link Info (7pm Tuesday 1/4)
Ferrisburgh Will Discuss Cannabis at Selectboard Meeting
FERRISBURGH — At its first meeting of the new year, the Ferrisburgh Selectboard will hear from Rye Matthews on Cannabis Retail in Ferrisburgh as noted in its January 4 agenda. Attendees may participate via Zoom. — via Ferrisburgh town site
Ferrisburgh SB Zoom Meeting Link (6:30pm Tuesday 1/4)
Newfane to Discuss “Cannabis Issues”
NEWFANE — The town of Newfane also has “cannabis issues” listed on its meeting agenda for Monday, January 3 at 6pm. Attendees may participate via Zoom. — via Newfane town site
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Regional Note: New York State Opt-Out Deadline Passes
Hundreds of New York cities, towns and villages will allow cannabis retailers and on-site consumption areas to operate with the passage of the December 31 local ban deadline—but hundreds more are blocking cannabis businesses for now.
The Rockefeller Institute, which has been tracking opt-outs with its New York State Marijuana Opt-Out Tracker, counted 642 dispensary opt-outs and 733 consumption site opt-outs as of Sunday.
Municipalities that don’t proactively move to ban the businesses on at least a temporary basis will default to an indefinite opt-in.
— via Marijuana Moment
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