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As Cannabis Licensing Launches in Vermont, The Headies Cup Showcases Small Cultivators Across the State

Heady Vermont Staff 8 Apr 2022

BURLINGTON, Vermont – The Green Mountain State is gearing up for a forecasted $225 million legal cannabis market by 2025, and the state’s control board launched the licensing process for small cultivators just last Friday. 

The Headies, Heady Vermont’s signature grower’s cup, offers a unique intersection of craft-grown talent and market-ready consumers at a pivotal moment for the state’s cannabis industry. 

Heady Vermont, the state’s largest events and media platform, announced the return of the Cup last fall. The mission of The Headies, taking place April 16 in Essex Junction, Vermont, is to showcase and celebrate Vermont’s most talented cannabis cultivators and product makers. 

Once again, the Awards event will include a showcase of all entries, onsite demos, exhibitors, food and live music. The music features an all-star lineup with headliner Way Much Better, featuring jam scene heavyweights Rob Compa and Chuck Jones of Dopapod, Vinnie Amico of moe., and Mike Gantzer of Aqueous.  

“The shift is quite noticeable from two years ago – we are seeing a lot more cannabis and product vendors and heightened interest in the competition. We’re seeing familiar faces and many new ones as well,” said Heady Vermont CEO Monica Donovan. “People have really put a lot of heart and soul into their work, and I’m happy we can help get it in front of market-ready consumers!”

In support of maximizing participation, Heady Vermont has expanded the range of entry categories and made the event free for Heady Vermont members. A full schedule, map and list of vendors are available online. 

The official afterparty, sponsored by Vermont Cannabis Solutions, will takes place at Zenbarn at 9pm, featuring the Headies Cup all-stars: Marcus Rezak (Shred is Dead), Ashish “Hash” Vyas (Thievery Corporation), Matt Dolliver (Swimmer), Joe Agnello (Swimmer), Rob Madore (Px3) , Charlie Mayne, horns + special guests.

Go to for more information and to get tickets. Sponsors supporting this event: Higher Elevation, Grove Bags, Bia Diagnostics Laboratories, The Cannabis Collective, Forbin’s Finest, Cannatrol, Zenbarn Farms, Magic Mann, Bern Gallery, JAM Creative and Vermont NORML.

Tickets are onsale now. This event is 21+ only.

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ABOUT: Heady Vermont provides news, education and events to cannabis businesses and consumers.

We believe that building a just and equitable cannabis industry – one that’s infused with an ethos of social, racial, environmental, and economic justice – can have a positive and meaningful impact on all people and their overall well-being. 

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