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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Vermont?

Under the regulations, enacted in 2004, Vermont opened its doors for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. Only registered dispensaries may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, transfer, transport, supply, sell, or dispense marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana-related supplies to registered patients and their caregivers.

The Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) was established by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to oversee the rules and regulations that govern the medical cannabis program. They have issued five dispensary registration certificates so they are currently not accepting new dispensary applications.

On January 22, 2018, Vermont became the first state to make marijuana legal through legislative action — rather than via a ballot initiative. However, this law only made it legal for adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. There is still no approved legislation that will allow recreational marijuana businesses to operate within the state.

So this means that you cannot apply for a medical or recreational business license right now. However, there’s a lot to do and prepare - see below for details.

Not Sure Where or How To Begin?

You need to be taking care of a bunch of critical pieces right now in order to be ready for licensing. Grab our Starter Package for insider details about everything you should be doing at this very moment that no one will tell you about. (Hint: It’s a lot.)

What can I do right now?

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state re-opens the program, you should:

        • Read through the regulations.
        • If you're unsure about what do after reading the regulations, grab our Starter Package to give you a detailed rundown of everything you need to do right now to get your business going.
          • If you'll need investors or partners, put together a Business Plan, as they'll definitely ask to see one. 

            How To Open a Dispensary in Vermont

            Until the state re-opens their program for licensing, these are the general steps to follow in setting up your dispensary business. Some of these can be taken care of now, which would allow you to get a head-start on the process.

            1. Read through our Starter Package to figure out what your city will require for licensing and the boatload of other to-do items to have in place prior to submitting your application for licensing.
            2. Setup your Marijuana Business Corporate Structure.
            3. Create your Marijuana Dispensary Business Plan.
            4. Acquire the necessary licenses to operate your retail store and be completely legal and compliant.
            5. Install the operational infrastructure to be in accordance with all regulations and then open your doors for business.
            6. Contract with cultivators and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow and produce marijuana products for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.

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