Office of the Vermont Attorney General

AG Donovan to Host ‘Conversation About Cannabis’ in Vermont

December 3, 2019

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Discussion to focus on the experience of developing commercial markets in MA and ME

Attorney General T.J. Donovan will moderate a public panel discussion on the topic of a regulated, commercial cannabis market at Contois Auditorium in Burlington on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the panel is to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by our neighbors in Massachusetts and Maine as they prepared for regulated markets for commercial cannabis in their states, and the lessons Vermont can learn as we prepare for the upcoming legislative session in January.

“Vermont has created a legal limbo by legalizing possession of cannabis but remaining silent on how Vermonters obtain it,” said Attorney General Donovan. “This lack of clarity has raised issues for law enforcement, public health, and consumer protection. Vermont can learn from other states’ experiences and make informed decisions on how best to create a regulated market this upcoming legislative session.”

Panelists will draw on their experiences with regulatory, financing, and entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities in creating a regulated, commercial market for cannabis and provide an overview on the current status of cannabis in Vermont.

Panelists:         Erik Gunderson, Office of Marijuana Policy, Maine
                         Kevin Conroy, Foley Hoag, Massachusetts
                        Charlotte Hanna, Community Growth Partners, Massachusetts
                         Laura Subin, Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana
                         Joe Bergeron, Association of Vermont Credit Unions
                         David Mickenberg, Mickenberg, Dunn, and Smith, PLC, Vermont

When:              Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where:             Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

Who:               All are welcome to attend.

Last modified: December 3, 2019