Jamaica to carry revote on hashish gross sales, built-in licenses | Native Information

JAMAICA – City officials forgot to publish a newspaper warning of a March vote on whether to allow retail cannabis sales in the community.

“In the months that followed, we had discussions that we might want to separate the two parts – to enable retail sales and integrated licensing,” said Select Board Chairman Greg Meulemans in an email response to the reformer. “We had several options; Let it be, hold another vote to ratify the previous vote, or as we decided, another vote to separate the two. “

Meulemans and city clerk Sara Wiswall said the outcome of the vote, scheduled for October 19, will replace the first in which residents voted 51-37 to allow cannabis retail in the city. Since the article was never warned in any newspaper, the vote is “fundamentally null and void if anyone wants to challenge it,” Wiswall said.

Wiswall said one of the city’s biggest proponents also called for a re-vote to detach the integrated licensing portion. An integrated license includes all five available licenses – grower, wholesaler, product manufacturer, retailer or test laboratory.

Fran Janik, of Jamaica, wants residents to vote for retail sales but against integrated licenses because he believes they favor companies that currently run medical cannabis dispensaries in Vermont rather than mom and pop stores. He is a cannabis grower whose involvement in Vermont legalization efforts dates back more than a decade.

Recently, Janik has been busy campaigning for the Vermont Department of Public Safety to better control the direction of the introduction of retail sales of recreational cannabis. He said he wanted to ensure that the three companies that now own the five integrated licenses in Vermont do not continue to “dictate state policy on cannabis.”

Only the companies that operate medical pharmacies can currently have built-in licenses to sell cannabis, Janik said.

“Everyone else is locked up,” he said.

If the integrated licenses are available to all parties, Janik would be responsible for the licenses.

“Then we can reconcile integrated licenses as soon as they are allowed for everyone,” he said. “They are prohibited by law.”

Like the first vote, the one on October 19 will be held in an Australian vote. According to reports, retail cannabis sales in Vermont could start as early as October 2022.

Progress is being made, but “anti-cannabis people are trying to stop it,” said Janik. He pointed to the August 23rd Select Board meeting where the re-voting was planned and a West River Valley Thrives participant seated next to him offered to give board members information about youth cannabis use, which Janik denies.

Later in the session, Janik and a representative from The Collaborative said they could speak at an information meeting scheduled before the vote. The Collaborative is a substance use prevention coalition based in Londonderry.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed at brattleborotv.org.