Vermont Seeks Applicants For Cannabis Control Board

Vermont needs to fill three full-time positions in the state’s new Cannabis Control Board (CCB).

Governor Phil Scott today announced that Vermont is seeking applicants for appointments to the CCB, which is comprised of a Chair and two members.

According to the job description, members should have excellent oral and written communication skills, be willing to travel occasionally, and meet strict deadlines.

The Chair must be prepared to testify on the Board’s behalf before legislative committees, as well as create weekly reports for Governor Scott.

Appointments are for three years, and selected individuals may serve no more than three terms.

Governor Scott will appoint all three members once the Cannabis Control Board Nominating Committee has vetted them.

The CCB’s purpose is to safely, equitably, and effectively implement and administer laws and rules related to the regulation of adult-use in Vermont.

The Board is responsible for establishing, administering, and regulating a statewide cannabis regulatory system for commercial cultivators, wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, and testing laboratories, as established by Act 164 of 2020.

The CCB will also assume responsibility for regulating the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries and administration of the registry, which the Vermont Department of Public Safety currently handles.

Specific responsibilities include rulemaking, regulating retail outlets, and submitting the annual budget to the governor.

“Candidates will be expected to develop a new complex regulatory system within a very tight timeframe established in the Act,” states the job description. “Preferred candidates will have experience in administering complex regulatory systems and the ability to manage a start-up enterprise with responsibility for licensing, compliance and enforcement.”

Anyone interested in applying will have to adhere to statutorily created restrictions.

CCB members may not be an officer, director, organizer, employee, consultant, or attorney for anyone subject to Board regulation, such as a dispensary owner.

Board members may not participate in the creation or application of a law, policy, or other determination if their spouse, parent, or child holds an economic interest in the matter-at-hand or has more than a de minimus interest that the proceeding might substantially affect.

During their term, Board members cannot solicit, negotiate, or discuss future employment or business relationships with anyone subject to CCB supervision or regulation.

CCB members may also not appear before the Board or other state agencies on behalf of people who are subject to regulation for a full year after their last day as a member of the Board.

According to the job description, the annual salary for CCB members is $80,388.50 and $107,184.67 for the CCB Chair.