Saturday was day one for retail sales of recreational cannabis in Vermont, and though there was a variety of THC products available at retailers across the state, one item was missing– edibles.
A variety of issues slowed down the rollout of edibles into Vermont dispensaries, one of them being where you can make them.
“Edibles have been a challenge over the last six months to start a cannabis-licensed business,” said Meredith Mann of Magic Mann Essex.
Mann shared her frustration over some of the hurdles she’s had to overcome trying to open up her store for retail recreational cannabis. Her business, Magic Mann, made CBD edibles using a Department of Health-certified cannabis kitchen. She plans to use that knowledge to make THC edibles, but they were told they had to find another place to do it.
“Our business model was forced to make changes that weren’t extremely easy for us. We really had to make a choice, so we are doing THC manufacturing and producing our products elsewhere for now,” Mann said.
According to the Vermont Department of Health, dispensaries can’t make THC edibles in the same places that make CBD ones. The department released this guidance. It states that you cannot:
Add cannabis products under a food processor license
Process cannabis-infused edible products at a facility that processes non-cannabis food products
Process non-cannabis food products at a facility that produces cannabis-infused edible products [Read More @ WCAX]