2nd cannabis shop opens in Burlington
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Opening day for retail cannabis has finally come for a company that worked for more than five years to make this a reality.
“We’ve worked so hard and have an incredible team that have put together a really cool experience for customers. We’re growing our own cannabis right here in the building. We’ve got all the equipment to help you grow it if you want to. And finally, we can sell it to our customers,” Green State Dispensary’s Kelsy Raap.
The store on Pine Street is locally-owned and sells both its own weed and strains from other local growers. Even though they say it’s been challenging to source product with licensing delays, they were still able to offer five different indoor strains and a selection of different pre-rolls, gummies, and capsules.
“This is something that humans evolved alongside and there are many different ways that we can benefit from it -- from enjoyment and fun and recreation, to helping us feel better, sleep better, dealing with different ailments,” Raap said.
Many people we spoke to declined to go on camera for fear that either their employers would see them buying cannabis or just because of the stigma that still surrounds it. But those who work in the industry say they are happy this day has finally come.
“I’m here, I’m super excited about the cannabis industry that’s finally opening up, trying to break down the stigma that has been going for so long and supporting a nice local company,” said Ryan Merritt of Burlington.
“I honestly just wanted to come down and say congrats, because this has been such a long time coming. When I first started interning with Green State Gardener back in 2015, I know this was a goal of theirs. So, to see it all come to fruition is pretty awesome,” said Zach Santarsiero of Burlington.
Ceres Collaborative dispensary on College Street in Burlington opened on October 1. Both stores are open seven days a week.
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