Vermont Cannabis Control Board sets buffer zones for pot shops

The Vermont Cannabis Control Board set a rule Friday prohibiting retail marijuana stores within 500 feet walking distance from a school.

“I’m not sure if it matters if a cannabis establishment is through the woods, beyond the athletic field,” board member Julie Hulburd said.

Prevention Works!VT, a substance abuse prevention coalition, recommended a buffer zone of 1,000 feet between schools and a retail cannabis establishment. The rule adopted by the board will allow towns to reduce buffer zones or expand them to up to 1,000 feet.

Hulburd said small towns have communicated to the board that they have only a small downtown and that is where they would want to place a cannabis shop.

The board also wrestled with whether to require applicants for provisional licenses to have paid all taxes they owe, but ultimately decided to remove the requirement for previous cannabis


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