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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages, Cannabis, and Tobacco

Chapter 037 : MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARIES

(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 974)
  •  [Section 974 effective March 1, 2022.]

    § 974. Rulemaking

    (a)(1) The Board shall adopt rules to implement and administer this chapter. In adoption of rules, the Board shall strive for consistency with rules adopted for cannabis establishments pursuant to chapter 33 of this title where appropriate. No rule shall be more restrictive than any rule adopted by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to 18 V.S.A. chapter 86.

    (2) Rules shall include:

    (A) the form and content of license and renewal applications;

    (B) qualifications for licensure that are directly and demonstrably related to the operation of a dispensary, including:

    (i) a requirement to submit an operating plan, which shall include information concerning:

    (I) the type of business organization; the identity of its controlling owners and principals; and the identity of the controlling owners and principals of its affiliates; and

    (II) the sources, amount, and nature of its capital, assets, and financing; the identity of its financiers; and the identity of the controlling owners and principals of its financiers;

    (ii) a requirement to file an amendment to its operating plan in the event of a significant change in organization, operation, or financing; and

    (iii) the requirement for a fingerprint-based criminal history record check and regulatory record check pursuant to section 975 of this title;

    (C) oversight requirements, including provisions to ensure that a licensed establishment complies with State and federal regulatory requirements governing insurance, securities, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and occupational health and safety;

    (D) facility inspection requirements and procedures;

    (E) records to be kept by licensees and the required availability of the records;

    (F) employment and training requirements;

    (G) security requirements, including any appropriate lighting, physical security, video, and alarm requirements;

    (H) health and safety requirements;

    (I) regulation of additives to cannabis and cannabis products, including those that are toxic or designed to make the product more addictive, more appealing to persons under 21 years of age, or to mislead consumers;

    (J) procedures for seed-to-sale traceability of cannabis, including any requirements for tracking software;

    (K) regulation of the storage and transportation of cannabis;

    (L) sanitary requirements;

    (M) procedures for the renewal of a license, which shall allow renewal applications to be submitted up to 90 days prior to the expiration of the cannabis establishment's license;

    (N) procedures for suspension and revocation of a license;

    (O) requirements for banking and financial transactions, including provisions to ensure that the Board, the Department of Financial Regulation, and financial institutions have access to relevant information concerning licensed establishments to comply with State and federal regulatory requirements;

    (P) disclosure or eligibility requirements for a financier, its owners and principals, and its affiliates, which may include:

    (i) requirements to disclose information to a licensed establishment, the Board, or the Department of Financial Regulation;

    (ii) a minimum age requirement and a requirement to conduct a background check for natural persons;

    (iii) requirements to ensure that a financier complies with applicable State and federal laws governing financial institutions, licensed lenders, and other financial service providers; and

    (iv) any other requirements, conditions, or limitations on the type or amount of loans or capital investments made by a financier or its affiliates, which the Board, in consultation with the Department of Financial Regulation, determines is necessary to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare;

    (Q) policies and procedures for conducting outreach and promoting participation in the regulated cannabis market by diverse groups of individuals, including those who have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition;

    (R) pesticides or classes of pesticides that may be used by cultivators, provided that any rules adopted under this subdivision shall comply with and shall be at least as stringent as the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Vermont Pesticide Control Regulations;

    (S) standards for indoor cultivation of cannabis;

    (T) procedures and standards for testing cannabis for contaminants, potency, and quality assurance and control;

    (U) labeling requirements for cannabis sold to retailers and integrated licensees, including health warnings developed in consultation with the Department of Health;

    (V) regulation of visits to the establishments, including the number of visitors allowed at any one time and record keeping concerning visitors;

    (W) requirements that cannabis products are labeled in a manner that states the number of servings of tetrahydrocannabinol in the product, measured in servings of a maximum of five milligrams per serving, except cannabis products that are not consumable, including topical preparations;

    (X) requirements that cannabis products are labeled with the date the product was manufactured, the date the product is best used by, the ingredients contained in the product, information on the length of time it typically takes for products to take effect, and appropriate warnings developed by the Board in consultation with the Department of Health;

    (Y) requirements that a cannabis product is clearly identifiable with a standard symbol adopted by the Board indicating that it contains cannabis;

    (Z) procedures and standards for testing cannabis products for contaminants, potency, and quality assurance and control;

    (AA) requirements for opaque, child-resistant packaging;

    (BB) requirements for verification of a customer's Registry status;

    (CC) restrictions that cannabis shall be stored behind a counter or other barrier to ensure a customer does not have direct access to the cannabis;

    (DD) requirements that if the dispensary sells hemp or hemp products, the hemp and hemp products are clearly labeled as such and displayed separately from cannabis and cannabis products;

    (EE) requirements for opaque, child-resistant packaging of cannabis and cannabis products at point of sale to customer;

    (FF) facility inspection requirements and procedures;

    (GG) procedures and standards for testing cannabis and cannabis products for contaminants, potency, and quality assurance and control;

    (HH) reporting requirements, including requirements for chain-of-custody record keeping; and

    (II) procedures for destruction of all cannabis and cannabis products samples.

    (b) The Board shall consult with other State agencies and departments as necessary in the development and adoption of rules where there is shared expertise and duties. (Added 2019, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 12, eff. March 1, 2022.)