In Plain Speak:

Subchapter 5: Stewardship Practices, Settings, Transportation, and Testing Standards

§ 5461. Authorized stewardship organizational types and settings

  • Establishes the settings where stewardship acts can take place in or by.

    • (a) Corporations practicing stewardship consulting- consultants

    • (b) Firms, registration, and ownership

    • (c) Out-of-state & foreign registration

    • (d) Substantial equivalency

    • (e) Venues and establishments

  • 1 to 3 ratio of commissioned steward to non-licensed employee for all firms, corporations, manufacturers, etc.. This measure can be adjusted or set with delayed ratio changes after specified target timelines or outcomes are met. (Automating legislation based on evidentiary findings in real-time by the board and Secretary of State. More to the point, this ensures that regulation will not favor large corporations and will force those organizations to effectively pay $375 to the State for every 3 employees working there. For a 50 person organization, that translates into $6250 in licensing fees. The reason this is critical is that it allows the tax rate to be modeled in a manner that accelerates early stage growth and positions Vermont to be on the leading edge of cannabis as we legalize nationally ($26B market by 2025)- but also as we expand our sights and visions internationally ($125B export market in 6 years)... 

  • Permitted venues and establishments must meet existing local zoning and municipal ordinances;

  • Restaurants, café’s, nightclubs, and bars. Commissioned stewards have the authority to certify transactions where infused foods and beverages are consumed on the spot. Smoke and vaping applications are at the discretion of the steward and the board with respect to permissible separation of spaces for opt-in applications of consumption;

  • Social clubs, halls, churches, and private community gathering spaces- commissioned stewards have the authority to certify all transactions where infused foods and beverages are consumed on the spot. Smoke and vaping applications are permitted without separation of spaces for opt-in applications of consumption required and at the discretion of the steward;

  • Outdoor public spaces- Stewards will have the responsibility of establishing reasonable practices that do not infringe on the public. Consumption in public spaces outside of these venue and establishments is subject to local municipal ordinances. Stewards may practice on State and Town public lands (e.g., guided backcountry wellness treks on State Forest) where reasonable standards have been met to not nuisance or burden other public guests on these lands and per board oversight of 5432, may revoke a license for questionable practices or further subject a steward to penalties under 5437 relative to unprofessional conduct if found to be significant.

§ 5462. Cultivation & growing

  • No quantity caps exist; all stewards are professional accountable for the entirety of their yields.

  •  Loss, theft and vandalization must be properly notified to the Agency of Agriculture and local authorities.

  •  The Office requires a complete and current cultivation plan with quantities of plants, size of indoor & outdoor grows in square feet, acreage, or commonly accepted units of measurement to communicate cultivation plans.

  • All production and yields are recorded with the Agency of Agriculture and tracked through compliance measures as yields move around from sanctioned CS’s and CS Firms to the consumer in a regulated market.

§ 5463. Authorized transportation and handling procedures

  • Standards for transportation and handling

§ 5464. Authorized manufacturing and production standards

  • Standards for manufacturing and production

§ 5465. Authorized testing standards for stewards

  • Standards for testing

§ 5466. Additional settings, handling, and testing fees

  • Additional testing details

§ 5467. Appellations

  • Environmental inventories on natural resource and climatic variances around the State as well as the genetic differences, and regional opportunities for classifying compounds and substances of this Act.

§ 5468. Assignment of cultivation rights

  • Non-stewards can take on up to 6 other grows (alleviating the issue of apartment dwellers that can’t grow their own but want to assign their rights to a non-licensed steward- which still carries existing limits on transportation, quantities, and all applicable laws.