Here are a few key rules to know in Vermont’s new marijuana legalization law, which takes effect on July 1, 2018. RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS

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Women took the lead in the business panel about how to market yourself and get that first job in the cannabis industry.

Beth Waterfall of ELEVATE New England, and education and advocacy group promoting business cannabis entrepreneurs, moderated a panel about how to market yourself and get that first job in the cannabis industry.

“There are nearly 15,000 cannabis industry jobs on,” Waterfall said. Explaining that the industry doesn’t just need growers, it needs accountants, doctors, business school graduates.

Student Katie Walker of Hudson, New York, was listening and taking notes. She’s in the planning stages of her future business and was at the convention to learn and network.

But Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, who was covering crops Friday ahead of a frost after a long extended legislative session in Montpelier, thinks the time will be ripe early next year. 

“The general sense that I have is that many people will be ready to move forward come January for a lot of reasons,” Zuckerman said on Friday. “Many legislators who have been tepid on rapid motion forward recognizance that the momentum is building and the people want this to happen.”

Zuckerman added the work of Gov. Phil Scott’s commission studying marijuana legalization would be completed in December.

“Our state continues to look for economic opportunities and ways to attract 25 to 40-year-olds to the state. And I just see legalization as doing both of those things in a way that some people have no idea is possible,” Zuckerman said.

But Zuckerman said he understood how hard it was for some people like teachers and doctors to be public about their support. But that stigma made it impossible for some legislators to gauge how many constituents fully support legalization.

The Lt. Gov will be speaking at the convention at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with a series of other business and cultivation experts.

Full legalization is still in the works, but come July 1, some residents will be able to grow for private use. 

If you have a pot misdemeanor issued in Chittenden or Windsor counties, you are in luck. You can get your record scrubbed clean of a conviction of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

This does not apply to felony-level offenses, convictions for sale of marijuana, according to a report by SevenDaysVT.

Windsor and Chittenden County state’s attorneys have agreed to support the expungement of all old misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses within Windsor and Chittenden counties, according to a joint statement by Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George and Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill.

Windsor County convictions will be swept away with on Saturday, June 9 and Chittenden County convictions will come clean on Tuesday, June 12. But you have to fill out a petition. It’s not automatic.

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