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First Cannabis Establishment License Issued


The Cannabis Control Board issued its first license Monday May 16th to a small indoor cultivator: Rutland Craft Cannabis in Brandon, Vermont. The applicant, who applied under the Board’s social equity program, has been informed of their licensure and may begin operations immediately.

The issuance of this license marks an important milestone in the Board’s work over the past year and a new leg in the journey towards a regulated adult-use cannabis marketplace. While this first license comes two weeks behind our legislatively-mandated deadline, the CCB is hard at work ensuring that this delay does not impact the opening of the full retail market in the fall.

To be clear – the Board does not anticipate a delay in licensing retail establishments by October 1st at this time.

We recognize that applicants are anxiously awaiting their licenses to make the most of Vermont’s short growing season. Our licensing team is diligently reviewing applications, and with more staff likely joining the CCB in June, we fully expect to see an uptick in the issuance of cannabis licenses each week.

Members of the public may watch the May 16th meeting recording here:

More information on approved operating licenses, as well as the rolling register for prequalification and full license applications, may be found here: