What’s Happening On October 1? A Guide to Vermont’s First Day of Cannabis Retail Sales

Will Vermont's retail cannabis launch look like this? A glimpse at what's happening this weekend across the state.
Heady Vermont Staff 30 Sep 2022

The big day is finally almost here. Saturday, October 1 is Vermont’s first day of legal rec sales. But industry pros and the Vermont Cannabis Control Board, in recent weeks, have cautioned that there may be less products on the shelf than expected. So where can you go and what can you do on October 1 and after?

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Where Can I Go?

There are currently four licensed retailers in the Vermont: Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland, FLORA Cannabis in Middlebury, Ceres Collaborative in Burlington and Vermont Bud Barn in Brattleboro.

Mountain Girl and FLORA have both announced that they will have opening events tomorrow, with product on the shelves. Down in Rutland at Mountain Girl, the party gets started at 10 a.m.

In Middlebury at FLORA, doors open at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting shortly beforehand at 10:45. Both events are listed on our app and site.

Vermont Bud Barn in Brattleboro has said that they will be open in mid- to-late October. And representatives at Ceres told Seven Days they were pretty confident — but not certain — they would open on October 1, as they were still waiting for the state to actually issue their license as of earlier this week.

Ceres, which was one of Vermont’s first medical dispensaries, is owned by SLANG Worldwide Inc after last summer’s merger – one of the few out-of-state owned cannabis businesses in the adult use market.

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What Can I Buy?

What will you see on the shelves? Probably not too much just yet. With only two licensed testing facilities and six manufacturers, and a late start issuing licenses to outdoor cultivators, you’ll see flower and pre-rolled joints, but not too much in the way of edibles, concentrates, vapes and other products that require longer processing time.

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Other Cool Stuff

Though they are not yet licensed, Magic Mann will be hosting a Legalization Celebration event next door at the Double E in Essex from 5-8 p.m. with music, food and goodies.

Friday night we’ll see some fun action with local cannabis-sponsored events Satta Sound at Backyard in Stowe and Get Live at Tacos and Taps Bar in Morrisville.

This is a fast-moving situation and Heady Vermont be pushing updates over the next few days via email, website and app all through Vermont Cannabis Month and onward. Make sure you’re on the app and our email list so that you get important opening alerts on new Vermont dispensaries!

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