The number of registered medical cannabis users has dwindled since 2018. Advocates are trying to reform the system to ensure its survival.
Local control was built into Vermont’s adult-use cannabis laws. A few months into the legal cannabis market, one Burlington city councilor called the city’s role a “farce.”
Current law prohibits such sales, but growers hope to change that in the coming legislative session.
With several supporters of the cap having retired, legislation lifting the cap appears to have better chances for success than it did in the past legislative session.
Most of the sales are of cannabis flower, due to a shortage of manufactured products.
Three retail cannabis shops were expected to open Saturday, the first day permitted by state law, including Ceres Collaborative in Burlington. One customer said he arrived at 6:30 a.m. to be first in line.
“Get your wallet out,” said one cannabis entrepreneur. “It’s incredibly expensive.”
Four retail operations are now licensed to open Oct. 1.
Four Vermont institutions now offer banking for cannabis businesses, but some small growers look elsewhere due to expense.
Andrew Subin, a Burlington attorney who advises cannabis businesses, predicted it may be January before stores have a sufficient supply on their shelves.