The article goes on to detail Vermont’s approach.

“Two years ago the state commissioned a massive RAND Corporation report on different approaches to legalization, and last year top state officials flew to Colorado to see for themselves how legalization has been working out in the Rocky Mountains. Medical marijuana has been legal in Vermont since 2004, but when it comes to commercial pot, Vermont intends to not only show the country how legalization is done, but to turn a hefty profit while doing so.”

THE RAND REPORT:  http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR864.html

The New Republic says the state has two important advantages in developing a homegrown (pardon the pun) approach

An existing infrastructure of small vegetable growers
The 3rd highest per capita in state consumption of the product

Indicating ” In other words, marijuana could take a place next to maple syrup, Magic Hat beer, and Lake Champlain Chocolates as the next product that comes with a “Made in Vermont” stamp.”

Read the full article at  https://newrepublic.com/article/128465/vermont-first-state-produce-artisanal-socialist-marijuana