US (VT): Hemp grower gets state go-ahead for adult-use market

After getting licensed to grow, Ben and his wife, Jane Lanza, are getting ready to put the plants in the ground this summer as part of the Family Tree Hemp Co’s expansion into the adult-use cannabis market.

The Sheldon-based business is the seventh Vermont business licensed to grow for the emerging statewide market. And for the Lanzas, it’s been a long-time coming.  

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“Opening a cannabis business has always been a dream for me,” Jane Lanza said as she sat in the kitchen of her small Sheldon home. As she talked, Ben stood nearby doing the dishes. Between the two of them, it’s hard to find a more fitting pair to start a cannabis business. 

Ben Lanza, a second-generation cannabis farmer, is the grower of Family Tree Hemp Co. In the basement, his plants are prepped, pruned, and primed for the summer growing season and then planted on a plot of warm dark organic soil in the Lanza’s side yard. The resulting crop is a “forest” when it’s at its tallest, he said.

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