Vermont issues first recreational cannabis cultivation license

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Vermont regulators issued the first license to grow recreational cannabis for the state’s impending adult-use market.

The Cannabis Control Board said dozens of more licenses will be approved soon, after approving a small indoor cultivator in Rutland County, according to South Burlington TV station WCAX.

“We expect to license another handful of people next week,” James Pepper, the chair of the Cannabis Control Board, told the TV station.

Under state law, existing medical marijuana dispensaries are to get first crack at selling adult-use products.

Such sales were expected to begin May 1, but the Cannabis Control Board missed its deadline for issuing retail licenses, the Burlington Free Press reported.

Recreational-only marijuana retailers are slated to open Oct. 1, but the timeline is getting tight for flower to be ready and processed on schedule.

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State regulators say the slow rollout of marijuana licenses is because of a lack of staffing, WCAX reported, plus the governor didn’t appoint Cannabis Control Board members until late March.

At least 50 communities scattered across Vermont have decided to opt in to allow adult-use marijuana retailers.