As Bradford votes on legal cannabis today, Vermont marketed as marijuana destination state

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By Guy Page

Voters in the town of Orange County town of Bradford will decide today whether to permit retail cannabis sales within the municipality, the Journal-Opinion daily newsletter reported today. 

Retail cannabis sales will be permitted in the state beginning Oct. 1. Even if approved, however, it is unlikely sales will start in Bradford in a little over two weeks as the state’s Cannabis Control Board will not begin licensing retail stores until Oct. 1, the JO reported. 

Newfane will vote on legal retail cannabis September 20. 

Towns and cities that have approved legal cannabis retail operations include: Alburgh,

Barre City, Barton, Bennington, Berlin, Bolton, Brandon, Brattleboro, Bristol, Brownington, Burke, Burlington, Cambridge, Chester, Danby, Danville, Derby, Duxbury, East Burke, Essex Junction Village, Essex Town, Fair Haven, Fayston, Ferrisburgh, Grand Isle, Hardwick, Hartford, Jamaica, Johnson, Londonderry, Manchester, Marlboro, Middlebury, Middlesex, Milton, Montgomery, Montpelier, Moretown, Morristown, Pawlet, Peacham, Pittsford, Poultney, Pownal, Proctor, Putney, Randolph, Rockingham, Rutland City, Rutland Town, Saint Albans Town, Saint Johnsbury, Salisbury, Sheldon, South Hero, Springfield, Stockbridge, Stratton, Strafford, Sutton Vergennes, Waitsfield, Wallingford, Waterbury Village Historic District, Wilmington, Windsor, Winooski, Wolcott, and Woodstock Town. 

Towns that rejected legal retail cannabis include: Castleton, Eden, Leicester Town, Ludlow,

Lyndonville, Mount Holly, New Haven, Newport, Norton, Richmond, Swanton Village, Vernon, and the Village of Woodstock.

Meanwhile, Vermont is being marketed as a destination state for leaf-peeping legal cannabis buyers. 

“As you prepare to drive north for fall foliage and apple-picking and are considering adding legal cannabis products into your fall picnic basket, here are a few key things to know about buying legal cannabis in Vermont,” declared in a post yesterday. is a page on a page on, published by Mystic Media.

For example, marijuana tourists can stop and sniff products for sale. And although “Vermont won’t have weed weddings or AirBnB deliveries just yet, but they’re on the way,” Visit-Vermont reports. 

Vermont is already being marketed, or is moving closer to being marketed, as a destination state for abortion, physician-prescribed death, and prostitution, Vermont Daily Chronicle reported September 2. 

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  1. In the interest of seriously disappointing the members of the legislature who have been salivating for years over the potential revenue of a retail market, I hope it falls flat on it’s face. The legislature made the astute move of legalization with a fairly generous provision for home growing years earlier and many folks have since then invested in the equipment and the know-how to provide it for themselves and Vermont is absolutely swimming in quality weed, as abundant as zucchini. Who is really going to want to pay exorbitant taxes for something they can grow themselves or barter for? Retail marijuana has been available for some time now in Maine and Massachusetts…it’s no big deal. The bureaucracy for setting it up in Vermont has been an unmitigated disaster so far.

  2. Vermont will be no more of a cannabis “destination state” than any other state where it is legal, it will just be “part of the scenery.” Vermont is no different than other states where it has been legalized. Opponents will take any route to try to delay implementation of something that the majority agrees with.

    I just hope that the pricing of the products is reasonable enough to make a dent in the black market of what is out there now which will protect all who want to partake.

    • Since Mass and Maine opening for retail and VT allowing homegrowing earlier on, VT has been absolutely buried in weed anyway the last few years. Sorry to break it to you folks, but VT was a weed “destination” state long before any conversation of legalization thanks to Québécois biker gangs. Ever heard of “Canadian B-sters”?

  3. Any still willing to consider what evolves down the road should watch Smokescreen.

    It immediately starts with an explanation of dabs and other high potency THC products – Watch 2 minutes and immediately get educated on what is facing our youth. Keep watching to learn about the challenges facing our communities that Physicians from states that commercialized before us warned about.