By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer
WEST DOVER — Two local inn owners are getting a head start on making a green plant that will soon be legal in Vermont to generate green bills for them and others in the community.
“We want to get ahead of it in southern Vermont because they already started doing cannabis-based tourism in northern Vermont,” said Jim Desrochers, owner of the Lodge at Mount Snow.
During the summer, Desrochers told the Reformer, there are no “bells and whistles” in Dover — no water parks or alpine slides. The next logical conclusion, he said, is “organic tourism.”
Desrochers and Sandy MacDougall, owner of Layla’s Riverside Lodge, are planning The Original Green Mountain Cannabis and Music Festival for July 1. That is the day in Vermont where those 21 and older can legally consume recreational marijuana, possess up to one ounce and/or as many as two mature plants.
“This is something the town can get behind and make a lot of money,” MacDougall said in hopes of bringing about 1,500 people to his property on Route 100 for the festival.