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Heard on the Street, 10.20.21

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Montpelier Retailer Plans Pot Sales in 2022

Vermont’s legislature legalized the retail sale of marijuana on Oct. 7, 2020, and it will go into effect in January 2022. A local retailer recently posted on social media she will begin selling cannabis from her store, Aromed. Lauren Andrews, proprietress of Aromed, an aromatherapy store in Montpelier, announced on Front Porch Forum she will begin selling cannabis when it becomes legal. Andrews sells essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers, crystals, CBD oil products, and other healing items. She is a “registered nurse, clinical aromatherapist, and graduate of Vermont’s Cannabis Science and Medicine Certification Program,” according to her website aromedessentials.com. People can get five types of licenses to sell pot, including cultivator, product manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and testing laboratory, according to the text of S.54 as passed. Cannabis will be taxed at 10 percent, with the option of having the local government adding a 1 percent tax. Montpelier’s city council voted unanimously last January to approve the sale of marijuana to adults beginning in 2022. Then, on Town Meeting Day 2021, voters approved retail pot sales in Montpelier.

Local Stores Struggle with Staff Shortages

The deli counter at Montpelier Shaw’s supermarket was shut down most afternoons/evenings in early October. The lights in the meat counter were dark, and the meat and cheese were covered from view. A staffer behind the counter on a day when the counter was closed said the crew is understaffed. According to albertsoncompanies.com, the website for the Shaw’s supermarket parent company, there are positions open in Montpelier, Berlin, Waterbury, Waitsfield, and Stowe. A call confirmed that they had closed every evening the week of Oct. 4–8, but were open at times during the day. The cause of the temporary closure is a lack of staff. Staffing shortages at Royal Orchid, Dunkin Donuts, and other area retailers were also recently observed, causing businesses to change schedules and other measures. 

Best Small Town for Shopping?

Heard from Montpelier Alive: Montpelier has once again been nominated as one of the “Best Small Towns for Shopping” by USA Today. Last year Montpelier came in second. To nudge Montpelier into first place, vote daily through October 25; just go to 10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-town-for-shopping-2021/montpelier-vermont

—Compiled by Carla Occaso

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