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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the Board do?

The Board is responsible for implementing and regulating a safe legal market for adult use of cannabis.  

What are the timelines for the Board’s reports, rules, and licensing for participants in the adult-use market?  

Adult-use licensing timeline:  

Act 164 (2020) sets the following timeline for the roll-out of the adult use market:  

  • April 1, 2022: License applications for integrated licensees, small cultivators, and testing laboratories can be accepted.  
  • May 1, 2022: Licenses for integrated licensees, small cultivators, and testing laboratories can begin to be issued.  
    • License applications for all cultivators can also be accepted.  
  • June 1, 2022: Licenses for all cultivators can begin to be issued.  
  • July 1, 2022: License applications for product manufacturers and wholesalers can be accepted.
  • August 1, 2022: Licenses for product manufacturers and wholesalers can begin to be issued.
  • September 1, 2022: License applications for retailers can be accepted.
  • October 1, 2022: Licenses for retailers can begin to be issued.  

Board Rules:  

The Board is in the process of writing rules regulating the adult-use market, as required by Act 164 (2020) and Act 62 (2021). The initial proposed rules will be filed in late 2021. After rules are filed there will be significant opportunity for public input before a rule is finalized. Proposed rules, and information about how to comment on them, will be prominently displayed on the CCB website.  

Reports:  

On October 15, 2021, the Board reported to the legislature regarding recommended fee structure.

On November 1, 2021, the Board reported to the legislature regarding prohibited products, hemp-derived products, and the Medical Cannabis Advisory Panel.  

On January 15, 2022, the Board will report to the legislature regarding:  

  • outreach, training, and employment programs focused on providing economic opportunities to individuals who historically have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition,
  • online ordering for pick-up or delivery,  
  • additional license types,  
  • cannabidiol minimums, and
  • sale of cannabis-related paraphernalia.

What will the license tiers be?

The Board issued a report to the Vermont legislature on October 15, 2021, that set out licensing tiers for several license types. The report can be found here. The explanation of the tiers is on pages 28-32 of the report.  

How much will a license cost?

The Board issued a report to the Vermont legislature on October 15, 2021, that recommended licensing fees. The report can be found here. The fee recommendations can be found on pages 36-46 of the report.  

The Vermont legislature will ultimately determine licensing fees after they convene in January. They may accept the Board’s recommendations as proposed, or they may change them.  

Some licensing tiers refer to canopy size, but what is the definition of plant canopy?

The Vermont legislature has defined plant canopy in statute. The statute provides that: “’Plant canopy’ means the square footage dedicated to live plant production and does not include areas such as office space or areas used for the storage of fertilizers, pesticides, or other products.” 7 V.S.A. § 861(24).  

Is each license holder that must have its product tested required to get the testing done by an independent laboratory?

Yes, the Vermont legislature has mandated independent testing for every license holder that is subject to a testing requirement.  

The relevant statute provides: “A cannabis establishment that is subject to testing requirements under this chapter or rules adopted pursuant to this chapter shall have its cannabis or cannabis products tested by an independent licensed testing laboratory and not a licensed testing laboratory owned or controlled by the license holder of the cannabis establishment.” 7 V.S.A. § 908(f).  

Am I a social equity applicant?

Social equity applicant criteria have yet to be formally adopted. The Board’s Social Equity Advisory Subcommittee has made recommendations to the Board. A summary of the subcommittee's recommendations may be found here. The Board included a draft framework for defining social equity criteria on page 45 of its October 15, 2021 report to the legislature.  

The Board intends to hear significantly more input from the public before making final decisions on social equity criteria. Please watch the website for announcements regarding forums dedicated to social equity issues, and feel free to give input at the Board’s public comment portal. The Board seeks the widest possible input on these matters.  

What are the Board’s obligations under open meeting law?

State law requires meetings of the Board to be open to the public. The Board may not make decisions or take formal actions outside of a public meeting. Board members may attend meetings remotely by electronic means, but the Board is required to designate a physical location where members of the public can attend and participate.  

The Board may meet in executive session to discuss certain sensitive matters like litigation or personnel issues but may not take formal action in executive session.   

The Board must post agendas and minutes; agendas will be posted to the website no later than 24 hours prior to Board meetings.  

Although not required by law, the Board is recording each of its meetings, and each of its Advisory Committee and subcommittee meetings, and posting them on its website. These recordings are also available at Orca Media.  

Although not required by law, to the greatest extent possible the Board will allow for public attendance by electronic means at its meetings. Information about electronic access to meetings will be on the posted agenda for each meeting.  

Do municipalities need to opt in in order to host a cannabis establishment?

A municipality must opt in to host a retail cannabis establishment. But the opt-in vote requirement only applies to retail and the retail portion of integrated license types, and does not impact the ability for other license types to operate in a particular municipality. These other license types include cultivators, wholesalers, manufacturers, and testing laboratories.  

The relevant statute provides: “Prior to a cannabis retailer or the retail portion of an integrated licensee operating within a municipality, the municipality shall affirmatively permit the operation of such cannabis establishments by majority vote of those present and voting by Australian ballot at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose.  A municipality may place retailers or integrated licensees, or both, on the ballot for approval." 7 V.S.A. § 863(a)(1).  

If a municipality has not opted to host a cannabis retail store, can it keep other types of cannabis establishments from operating?

A municipality may not use its regulatory authority to prohibit the operation of non-retail cannabis establishments.  

The relevant statute provides: “A municipality shall not: prohibit the operation of a cannabis establishment within the municipality through an ordinance adopted pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2291 or a bylaw adopted pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 4414.”  

Does the law require cannabis establishments to buy and sell cannabis and cannabis products through wholesalers?  

The law does not require cannabis or cannabis product to be sold through wholesalers. The law established a wholesaler license for those who may choose to operate a wholesaling business. 

Are cooperative ventures permitted by the Board’s rules?

There is nothing in the Board’s draft rules that prohibit people who are licensed by the Board from forming cooperative ventures, consistent with any applicable laws.