US (VT): "Unfortunately, there's a bottleneck with testing"

As Vermonters stock up on rock salt and firewood ahead of winter, some White River Valley inhabitants are spending their time ducking beneath rows of LED lights and laboring over hydroponic setups as they move their unique farming operations indoors.

Vermont’s adult-use cannabis market has taken off this fall in the White River Valley, with more than 25 cultivators licensed by the state Cannabis Control Board in the region and more still pending.

Adult-use cannabis’ debut in the state has not come without its difficulties. As reported by Seven Days, Burlington faces an oversaturation of cannabis retailers that officials find concerning. Only a handful of pending retail licenses are scattered throughout the White River Valley, but those entering the market say they still face some administrative problems as officials navigate this uncharted and rapidly growing industry.

“Unfortunately, there’s a bottleneck with testing,” said Adam Sacks, owner and head of cultivation at Green Mountain Kana in Chelsea. Currently, there are only four licensed cannabis testing facilities in the state. These laboratories are meant to ensure the safety of products before they can be sold. 

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