Licensing Update (Part II): Temporary Inventory Tracking Launching Soon

MONTPELIER – While today’s approval of the first cannabis retail licenses – more than two weeks ahead of schedule – will likely grab headlines this week, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board has shared some other vital information. for future licensees at the last meeting, especially regarding inventory tracking and packaging.

Specific tracking data points for growers were shown by the compliance team for the first time, and board member Kyle Harris went over child-resistant packaging requirements.

Looking for the license list from the 9/14 meeting? Check them out in Part I of today’s update.

Inventory tracking

The Commission’s permanent tracking system is unlikely to be ready until early 2023. An interim inventory tracking system is being rolled out and should be “operational within the next few weeks”.

“Eventually we will have a system in place where you can log into your [Board] account and report [inventory] through an extension there. In the meantime, we will ask you to report [inventory] via an electronic form available on [the Board’s] website,” Board Chairman James Pepper explained at today’s meeting.

All types of licenses are subject to inventory tracking, although this week Chief Compliance Officer Cary Giguere specifically outlined the requirements for growers. Everything from cannabis production and product production to transfers and sales must be registered. These recordings should be reported every two weeks, at a minimum. Indoor and outdoor crops must be reported separately for mixed level growers.

Information that should be tracked for growers includes:

  • planting date
  • harvest date
  • number of plants
  • final weight of dry flowers
  • final weight of usable dry fillings
  • waste weight
  • inputs used (i.e. fertilizers, pesticides and soil amendments)

A brief overview of reporting forms for other types of licenses was also offered today. Processors and manufacturers can expect to report the amount of extract used in production, the amount of material used for extraction, and the number of products produced. Wholesalers can expect to report what’s in and what’s out. Retailers can expect to report what has been bought and what has been sold.

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The various reporting forms, including those for inventory loss, transfer, manufacture, cultivation, retail and production, will be available for use on the Commission’s website as placeholders until the official tracking system is rolled out. The board said it hoped the formal system would be in place by early 2023.

See the video of the September 14 meeting on the Vermont CCB YouTube channel

Packaging updates

Kyle Harris, Board Member, provided information on child-resistant packaging requirements at today’s meeting. “[The Board] understands that plastic plays an important role in meeting certain child safety requirements,” Harris said.

In that vein, waiver licensees who package edibles and concentrates have been granted the ability to use a specific type of plastic lid produced by a company that Harris says has been researched. thorough and meets the requirements of the Commission.

“However,” Harris continued, “that’s not all. There are many different options that cater to child resistance from other sources. Tin, aluminum, and even cardboard are some of the alternatives to plastic that have been mentioned as acceptable childproof materials.

The wrapped flower, on the other hand, does not require childproof packaging. Child-deterrent packaging requirements for flowers can be met by something as simple as a tamper-evident sticker on top of a metal lid.

Other things to note from the packaging update:

  • The requirement for an opaque container for flowers can be satisfied by affixing a label to the outside of a glass container.
  • Compostable bags can be an option for most products outside of edibles.
  • As the market matures, the Board aims to implement a container reuse program.
  • For a reminder on the legislative definition of “child safety”, please refer to Law 158.

Application updates

Executive director of the board, Brynn Hare, pointed out that the numbers found in the “total” section through to the “CCB review pending” column have remained relatively static lately. This indicates the regular processing of applications by Board review staff.

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Social equality

Joined by Xusana Davis and Jay Greene of the Vermont Office of Racial Equity, the Board today began a brief executive session to discuss three staff recommendations regarding the denial of social equity status.

“The majority of our executive sessions are for candidates applying under the criteria of belonging to a community that has historically been disproportionately impacted [by prohibition]said Hare in an effort to offer some insight into what is discussed during these sessions.

Social equity status may apply to an applicant who has been affected by a cannabis charge or prison sentence, or an applicant who comes from an area that has been disproportionately affected by prohibition. The latter requires more scrutiny and is more difficult to objectively prove, therefore more often than not requiring an executive session.

Looking for licensing approvals from the Wednesday, September 14 meeting? Check out Part I of today’s licensing coverage focused on approvals here.

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