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Ceres Collaborative, 190 College Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a weekThe folks at Ceres say they only just finished setting up their store. But it will be open, and it will have weed. That's according to Russ Todia, the company's chief operating officer.
"We're not going to have a tremendous selection," Todia acknowledged. But they'll sell 12 different strains of smokable cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints "and a bunch of vape cartridge options," he said. "We will be selling a variety of gummies, we will have distillate hash and a salve."
"We have inventory, but we're gonna be a little hand-to-mouth," Todia said. "We're trying to have at least a week-plus of inventory before we open, based on our forecast. But who knows what actual demand will be?"
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- Ceres' storefront on College Street, Burlington
Brooke Jenkins, the company's chief operating officer, expects the state to sign off on Wednesday, October 5, which would allow Green State to open the following Friday. The store will have cannabis flower for sale and possibly gummies and capsules.
"We are staffed, we're secure, we're ready to go," Jenkins said. "We're just waiting on that final approval."
FLŌRA Cannabis, 2 Park Street, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.Expect a show when this place opens. Co-owner Dave Silberman, a prominent cannabis activist and attorney, plans a ribbon cutting and has invited state lawmakers who helped pass the bill that legalized retail sales.
"I got the ceremonial giant scissors from the chamber of commerce," Silberman said with a laugh.
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Silberman is expecting a crowd but said he discussed a plan with the police chief and feels ready.
"I don't think we expect any trouble. But there could be lines," he said. "I hope we'll be able to move the line quickly and get people the products that they love."
Mountain Girl Cannabis, 174 West Street, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
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MacDuff is hopeful that they have enough inventory and will keep increasing their available supply as more weed comes to market.
"We are just going to do the best we can with what we have," MacDuff said.
The grand opening is the result of "a lot of hard work, a lot of people coming together and sweating it out" she said. "But, you know, we're here, and we're very proud. And fortunate."
ElsewhereThe Vermont Cannabis Control Board has received nearly 40 applications for retailers, so more stores will open in the coming weeks and months. The board did issue a fourth license last Wednesday. But recipient Scott Sparks says he won't be ready to open his Vermont Bud Barn in West Brattleboro until October 17 at the earliest.
"But that's a moving target," he said.
Much of his store is ready — he previously sold CBD and grow supplies there and is well-known in the industry — but Sparks still needs to get IDs and background checks squared away for staff.
"It's been a long time coming," Sparks said. "I've worked really, really hard. And if I may say so myself, I'm proud of what I've done."
Sparks could soon have competition in Brattleboro. Theory Wellness, a dispensary brand that operates six locations in Massachusetts and Maine, is setting up shop in a strip mall on Putney Road.
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- Inside Theory Wellness' Great Barrington, Mass., store
"Our intent has always been, educate the consumers on the products and make sure you're meeting their needs in terms of cannabis use with the right products so they have a good time," Winstanley said. "And they have a good first impression about what legal cannabis can be, because I think there is some skepticism, and people are just generally not sure."
Winstanley said Theory Wellness opened its first adult-use dispensary in Great Barrington, Mass., where much of the clientele came from New York State. He thinks the early days in Vermont will be similar, with big crowds.
Theory will not grow its own cannabis, according to Winstanley.
"Vermont has such a strong legacy of cultivators, and all the licenses that are currently out there really highlight the versatility and the range of cultivators," Winstanley said. "What we want to do is really focus on bringing our quality of service through retail operations; to use that as an opportunity to highlight some of these growers and cultivators who are producing some of the best cannabis on the East Coast."