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MONTPELIER, Vermont (WCAX) – We’re learning new details about the Vermont marijuana market – who can grow it and how much the licenses will cost.

State regulators vote on recommendations as the emerging market takes shape. They recommend six levels, allowing growers up to 37,000 square feet outdoors and 25,000 indoors. And there are mixed levels to support small producers.

Studies show that Vermont needs half a million square feet of canopy.

Executives say it’s important to meet demand and be competitive with surrounding states that are already selling pot.

Regulators say public input is an important part of the process.

“A lot of work has gone into this, but we’re only scratching the surface. I look forward to engaging with everyone involved in and around the state and nation, ”said Kyle Harris of the Cannabis Control Board.

The council voted on recommendations for social equity candidates, loans and grants for Vermonters of color and people who have previously been convicted of cannabis.

Those recommendations are now going to the Vermont Legislature for approval this winter.

Pot is expected to hit the shelves next fall.

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