Where to Find Recreational Vermont Dispensaries in Rutland, Middlebury and More

Mountain Girl Cannabis pre-rolled joints. Courtesy Photo.
Heady Vermont Staff 30 Sep 2022

With just a handful of Vermont dispensaries licensed for the state’s October 1 retail cannabis launch, there aren’t too many options – but more are expected to open over the next few days and weeks. Discover where to find recreational cannabis at Vermont dispensaries, who’s opening next, and what kinds of products retailers will be carrying at the start of legal sales in October 2022.

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What Vermont Dispensaries Will Be Open?

In Vermont, weed shops open in the morning for the first time on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Mountain Girl Cannabis opens at 11 a.m., and FLORA opens at 11 a.m.

Mountain Girl Cannabis

174 West Street
Rutland, VT

Hours: 11am to 6pm Thurs-Mon
Closed Tues-Wed

Mountain Girl Cannabis was named to honor Carolyn Garcia, a lifelong advocate for legalization, sustainable cannabis cultivation, and educated consumption. The store’s founders are Ana and Josh MacDuff.

Born in the Andes mountains of Colombia, Ana MacDuff was a management and IT professional working for insurance and waste management firms before shifting to cannabis. Josh MacDuff got his start in the insurance and credit union world, before becoming an advocate helping hemp farmers and retailers find the insurance they need to succeed.

This store was awarded the first social equity retail license in Vermont. See more about the founders of Mountain Girl in this recent Seven Days piece and commentary in their recent Heady Vermont feature.

Hours on opening day: 11am-6pm on Saturday, October 1.

Josh and Ana MacDuff, founders of Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland, VT. Courtesy Photo.

FLORA Cannabis

2 Park Street

Hours: TBA

Located in downtown Middlebury, FLORA Cannabis is expected to open on Saturday for all adults 21 and older. FLORA was also awarded one of the first retail licenses in Vermont.

They expect to have cannabis flower, pre-rolls, as well as infused gummies, caramels, and chocolate for sale on Saturday.

Flora was started by two Middlebury locals—Michael Sims, an entrepreneur and marketing professional with five years of experience in the hemp and CBD industry, and Dave Silberman, an attorney who specializes in cannabis law.

Learn more about the folks at Flora in a NBC5 / Burlington report from this week, and in the Addison County Independent.

Hours on opening day: October 1 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Middlebury Vermont Dispensary Flora Cannabis
Dave Silberman, cofounder of FLORA Cannabis, in front of his Middlebury Vermont dispensary on Friday, September 30, 2022. by Monica Donovan/Heady Vermont

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190 College Street

Hours: 9am to 4:45pm Mon-Sat
Closed Sunday

CeresMED has four medical dispensary locations in Vermont, but may only operate only one adult use dispensary, which is in Burlington. Ceres, Vermont’s first medical dispensary, is owned by SLANG Worldwide Inc after last summer’s merger – one of the few out-of-state owned cannabis dispensaries.

Hours on opening day: October 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Other VT Dispensaries Coming Soon

Vermont Bud Barn

257 Marlboro Road

(802) 246-4367

Vermont Bud Barn has been licensed for retail (adult-use) sales, and he expects the store to open its doors in mid-October. Owner Scott Sparks says his staff is aiming for an October 17 grand opening. “That’s my target date,” Sparks told the Brattleboro Reformer. “It’s a moving target.”

Cleared for liftoff: Vermont Bud Barn in Brattleboro approved for cannabis sales | Brattleboro vermont dispensary | Local News | reformer.com
Vermont Hempicurean founder Scott Sparks, left, cleans the counter at the new Vermont Bud Barn. Kristopher Radder — Brattleboro Reformer

Celebrate Vermont Legalization: Magic Mann Party in Essex October 1 5pm

What Weed Stores Open After October 1?

There are even more awesome Vermont pot retailers opening this fall – some of our Vermont Cannabis Month Retail Sponsors and App supporters include:
  • Higher Elevation in Morrisville – catch their recent Vermont Edition interview!
  • Magic Mann in Essex
  • Sunday Drive in Woodstock
  • Capital Cannabis in Montpelier

Our main Heady events page also includes not just Vermont dispensary openings, but live music and other great stuff.

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