In less than two months, people will be able to buy marijuana in stores across Vermont

In less than two months, people will be able to buy marijuana in stores across Vermont. Some would call it a field of dreams. “Having a license to do this in Vermont doesn’t feel real yet,” said Dan Pomerantz, the founder of Rebel East in Craftsbury, the state’s largest grow operation.

His operation of 1200 plants, which could yield several hundred pounds of pot, is one of about 150 that are creating the supply for the recreational market this fall. It’s estimated Vermont needs about 500,000 square feet of cannabis canopy to meet demand. Most of the state’s licensed grow operations are outdoors.

Vermont is aiming to mirror the craft beer industry — grown, processed, tested, and sold in-state. All of this weed will make it to the shelves of some 60 retailers already in the pipeline as Vermont’s budding industry begins to grow.