Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday his picks for Vermont’s three-member Cannabis Control Board, which will regulate the state’s new marijuana marketplace.
James Pepper, a deputy state’s attorney for the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, will chair the board.
Julie Hulburd, human resources director at the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and chair of the state ethics commission, will serve on the panel.
Kyle Harris, an agriculture development specialist at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, has also been appointed as a board member.
“The board will play a critical role in ensuring public safety, equity and fairness while implementing this new market,” Scott said in a statement Monday evening. “James, Julie and Kyle bring diverse and relevant experience to the (board) and I’m confident they will hit the ground running when they get to work in the coming days.”
The three nominees are subject to approval by the Vermont Senate.
The control board will have considerable influence over the new marijuana industry. It will be responsible for issuing licenses to cannabis businesses, including retail stores, growing facilities and testing labs.
It will also make recommendations to state policymakers on industry regulations, fees and how to improve social equity within Vermont’s cannabis market.
Under the 2020 law that established a taxed and regulated marijuana market, retail marijuana shops can open up as soon as October 2022.