VT News Roundup: 100 Licenses Issued, Licensing Map, Hemp Program Ending, Newfane Weighs Retail, Free Cannabis Classes
Control Board Update: 100 Licenses Approved, Packaging Updates, Map of Licensed Establishments
MONTPELIER — Last week, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board noted that it had reached a major milestone, with more than 100 licenses now approved by the state’s cannabis regulatory body since it started doing so in May. With today’s 24 cultivation license approvals, they tipped the scales.
To date, 36 licenses have actually been issued. In Wednesday’s meeting, the six final prequalification applications were also approved, along with six social equity statuses.
In a very important packaging note, Board Member Kyle Harris said that rubber seals or plastic gaskets in lids, meant for shelf life and in some cases child resistance, are permitted and do not require a packaging waiver.
— Read the latest licensing update
Later in the week, the Control Board also announced that they have published a map of all licensed Vermont cannabis establishments.
PSA for Vermonters: Free Cannabis Courses 🚨 📖
The University of Vermont and the Vermont State College System, which includes Community College of Vermont, Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, are offering free courses to eligible Vermonters. The programs are intended to help unemployed or underemployed Vermonters gain new skills that can help them advance their careers.
Participants can choose to learn from a list of courses that teach both hard and soft skills. At the University of Vermont, there are courses in Cannabis Plant Biology, Cannabis Science and Medicine and more.
Vermont Agency of Ag: Hemp Oversight Shifting to the Feds
What’s next for Vermont hemp growers as the state’s hemp program ends? We’ll be exploring this question more in an upcoming feature. Here’s what’s going on:
After running its own hemp program since 2009, Vermont is ending it and handing over control to the USDA. Early this month, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) wrote to the Chief of the USDA’s U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program indicating an intention to withdraw the state’s Hemp Production Plan. The final date of operation for the state’s program will be December 31, 2022, coinciding with the expiration of 2022 hemp grower registrations in the state.
Beginning January 1, 2023, Vermont farmers wanting to cultivate hemp will need to have a license issued under the U. S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, which was established under the federal Farm Bill of 2018.
— Via Hemp Gazette or read the full VAAFM press release
Newfane Next to Weigh Allowing Retail Cannabis
NEWFANE — Last week, the Newfane Select Board voted to hold an informational meeting for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the town offices and on Zoom. A special town meeting is being scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at a location to be determined.
— Via Manchester Journal
Tir Na Nog Edibles to go before Waitsfield DRB
WAITSFIELD — Tir Na Nog Edibles has filed an application with the town of Waitsfield for a conditional use permit for light industrial to produce cannabis edibles in the former Worthy Burger Too location in Waitsfield. Brothers Robert Connolly and James Devoll are the owners of Tir Na Nog and both have backgrounds in hospitality in Vermont. They have received prequalification for a Tier 2 manufacturing license from the Vermont Cannabis Control Board.
— Via Valley Reporter
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