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Retail cannabis takes shape as Vermont towns vote

A registered grower plants hemp in a Charlotte field on July 3, 2019. The number of registered hemp growers in Vermont has more than doubled since last year.
Elodie Reed
Many Vermont towns will decide whether to opt in to the new cannabis marketplace on Town Meeting Day.

Live call-in discussion: Dozens of towns across Vermont plan to vote next week on whether to allow retail cannabis sales. In Vermont, 36% of survey respondents say they’re either somewhat or very likely to buy a cannabis product at one of the new stores, according to a poll from VPR and Vermont PBS.

In this hour, we’re going to take a look at how the recreational cannabis industry will work. We'll look at how state lawmakers have added social equity measures to the law. We’re also taking your calls – do you think you’ll buy recreational marijuana products from Vermont shops? Are you excited or worried about how this new marketplace could change your local economy or your community?

Our guests are:

  • James Pepper, Chair of the Vermont Cannabis Control Board
  • Xusana Davis, Vermont's Executive Director of Racial Equity
  • Ted Brady, Executive Director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Broadcast live at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 23; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Tedra joined VPR as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.