Vt. Cannabis Control Board deals with compliance issues

Published: Feb. 18, 2023 at 8:34 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - There have been several recent incidents of marijuana producers falling out of compliance with Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board. Board officials say that beyond clear violations, they are trying to take an eduction-first approach.

The board earlier this month halted further sales of all marijuana produced by Holland Cannabis after someone reported becoming sick after consuming it due to pesticide residue.

Just a few days later, we learned that neighbors’ complaints led to Hyde Park producer, Green River Cannabis getting a $5,000 fine for violations involving recordkeeping, product packaging, and fungicide.

“We have five categories of violations, category one being the most severe. For a category one violation, there is the potential for up to $20,000 in administrative fines. For a category five, potential for up to $2,500,” said Nellie Marvel, the outreach and education manager for the Cannabis Control Board. “We’re really trying to do an education-first approach with our licensees. There’s a long history of government really cracking down on folks involved in the legacy market. So, we’re really trying to build trust and work with people to bring them back up to compliance.”

The board says that since the cannabis market is so new they want to focus on collaboration instead of cracking down on producers.

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