Want to be a marijuana regulator in Vermont? Here’s your chance

Elizabeth Murray

| Burlington Free Press

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Marijuana: MORE Act passed by House at federal level

Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed the MORE Act legalizing marijuana at the federal level.

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Vermonters selected to serve on the newly created three-member Cannabis Control Board will earn more than $80,000 annually.

The chairperson on the board will make just over $107,000.

The salaries are part of the job description, posted this week, that seeks people interested in being appointed by Gov. Phil Scott to the board, which is in charge of implementing and administering laws and rules regulating adult-use cannabis in Vermont. A nominating committee will vet all applicants before passing on names of finalists to Scott for appointment.

According to the job description, board members will serve three-year terms, and they can serve a maximum of nine years, or three terms.

In comparison, the four regular members of the Green Mountain Care Board — Vermont’s health care regulatory body — as of November were each making about $107,000 annually. The chairman, Kevin Mullin, made more than $160,000, according to state salary data.

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Who can apply for the Cannabis Control Board?

The need for a Cannabis Control Board was laid out in the sale and regulation bill passed into law this year as Act 164.

The job description and application have been made available to the general public through Vermont’s careers web page. The state is looking for candidates with specific experience, including in business, finance, an agricultural enterprise, government leadership, and/or substantive legal or regulatory experience.

The job description also states that candidates must be committed to “protecting Vermont’s youth, keeping roadways safe, and equity in the development and implementation of the new cannabis marketplace.”

No educational requirements are specified.

Applicants must abide by certain restrictions created through the law, including:

  • They can’t be be an officer of, director of, organizer of, employee of, consultant to, or attorney for any person subject to regulation by the board.
  • They can’t participate in creating or applying any law if they or family residing in their household have significant economic interest in the matter before the board.
  • While a board member, they are prohibited from soliciting, engaging in negotiation for, or otherwise discussing future employment or business relationships with anyone subject to board regulation.
  • They cannot appear before the board or any other state agency on behalf of a person subject to the board’s regulation while on the board, or for a year after leaving the board.

For more information

Interested applicants can view a full job description for the Cannabis Control Board at careers.vermont.gov/job/Montpelier-Board-Member-Cannabis-Control-Board-VT-05601/695523500.

Applications must be filed by Dec. 31, according to a news release.

Contact Elizabeth Murray at 802-651-4835 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @LizMurrayBFP.

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