One of Vermont's rarest kinds of cannabis licenses is changing hands. Noah Fishman and Marlena Tucker-Fishman, owners of Zenbarn Farms cannabis shop in Waterbury, are buying an "integrated" license from Curaleaf, a large Massachusetts-based cannabis company that operates in more than a dozen states.

Only three integrated licenses exist in Vermont. They allow companies access to every type of license, including growing, wholesale, testing, manufacturing, and retail.

In Vermont, Curaleaf did business as Vermont Patients Alliance, which had a medical and adult-use cannabis store in Montpelier, a medical store in Bennington, and a grow facility in Middlesex. A Curaleaf spokesperson confirmed the sale but did not comment further.

Vermont law allows companies only one adult-use, also known as recreational, retail cannabis license, so Fishman said he and his wife turned the Montpelier store into a medical-only outlet. Their store in Waterbury, where the couple also owns a restaurant and music venue called Zenbarn, will remain open, as will the medical shop in Bennington. Fishman said no layoffs are expected.