The marijuana legalization bill that Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign in the next few days won’t create the above-board commercial market that many pot-reform advocates had been pushing for, but cannabis entrepreneurs say it’s a step in the right direction.
If the cannabis industry has an impresario in Vermont, his name is Eli Harrington. He’s the co-founder of Heady Vermont, which bills itself as the state’s source for cannabis advocacy, news and events. And a couple evenings ago, the 30-year-old surveyed his latest production.
“This is the humanization of cannabis in Vermont,” Harrington said, looking out at a cannabis trade show of sorts Tuesday evening.
There was a bright red booth to Harrington’s right, for a marketing and web design firm. A hemp grower off to his left was manning a table with glass jars full of dark green cannabis buds.
It was all happening after hours in the Statehouse cafeteria.
“These are real people, mostly law-abiding, real Vermont citizens, who are here and represent the present and more importantly I think the future of what this plant