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Statement on May 1st Deadline to Issue Licenses


The Cannabis Board announced on Monday that it will not begin issuing cannabis licenses on May 1st as provided for in Act 164. The Board does not anticipate a long delay in issuing licenses to qualified applicants. The Board has made significant progress in meeting this target date, however our core mission remains creating a safe, effective, and equitable adult-use market. Strict adherence to this date -- when the Board does not yet have full licensing staff or a compliance team -- runs counter to our consumer protection and public safety mandates.

While the Board’s current staff consists of four full time employees, we were recently authorized to hire the staff we need and are currently in the process of recruiting them. Please be patient while we put the team in place that will ensure the Vermont cannabis market will be a model for the country. 

In the meantime, the Board is working diligently to review applications and approve qualified applicants for licensure and the recipients of those licenses may begin to operate immediately.

If you have questions about your application, or the application process, please review our guidance page and reach out to us at or 802-828-1010, ext. 3.