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Correction: Former Democratic Party Chair No Longer President Of CVD, Founder Of Ceres Project Management

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Eli Harrington 22 May 2019

On May 7, 2019, I wrote the following tweet:

The next day, Mr. Jacob Perkinson sent a letter to my house objecting to the above tweet, saying that he “would like to avoid resort to legal action and request that I take steps to correct the referenced statement as soon as possible.”

So, out of respect for Mr. Perkinson’s request, I would like to clarify Mr. Perkinson’s documented involvement in Ceres Project Management and Champlain Valley Dispensary, and clarify that my May 2019 tweet is based on Mr. Perkinson’s previous direct involvement with Champlain Valley Dispensary and Ceres Project Management, and is no longer accurate.

Three months after his resignation as the Vermont Democratic Party chair in May 2013, Mr. Perkinson was listed as the registered agent, and a founding member and owner of Ceres Project Management in August 2013.

When I first saw the Ceres Project Management website in 2016, it described Mr. Perkinson as, “the founder and managing director of Ceres Project Management, LLC. He also serves as the President of Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., the largest and oldest medical cannabis dispensary in Vermont.”

Due to this description of Mr. Perkinson as a founder of Ceres Project Management LLC and President of Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc, I believed that Mr. Perkinson had an ownership or other financial interest in Ceres Project Management and Champlain Valley Dispensary:

Jacob Perkinson’s bio from the Ceres Project Management website.

However, Mr. Perkinson was removed as the registered agent of Ceres Project Management in September 2016 — after I first publicized his involvement — and replaced by Shayne Lynn:

In 2018, the aforementioned Ceres Project Management was dissolved as a registered business in Vermont, so Mr. Perkinson could not possibly have the same direct publicly-acknowledged financial interest in either Champlain Valley Dispensary or Ceres Project Management in May 2019 that he did in 2016.

Champlain Valley Dispensary Inc., was converted from a nonprofit to a for-profit business in 2018, and lists David Mickenberg, not Jacob Perkinson, as its registered agent. Its listed shareholders are listed as Nancy Shaw, Nina Meyerhof, and Shayne Lynn, not Jacob Perkinson.

To be clear, Mr. Perkinson’s was previously the “President of Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., the largest and oldest medical cannabis dispensary in Vermont” and “founder and managing director of Ceres Project Management, LLC.”

However, as of May 2019, when I sent my tweet inferring Mr. Perkinson’s direct interest in Champlain Valley Dispensary and/or Ceres Project Management, he was not in fact formally involved.

For the confusion that I caused to readers of my tweet, and to Mr. Perkinson directly, I sincerely apologize.

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