Matthew Racenet, who has been teaching mathematics at St. Johnsbury Academy for 10 years, and his wife, Aleha, are the principal owners of Northeast Kannabis LLC

Matthew Racenet, who has been teaching mathematics at St. Johnsbury Academy for 10 years, and his wife, Aleha, are the principal owners of Northeast Kannabis LLC. They hope to open a cannabis retail business at 166 Railroad St., a building across the road from Jiffy Mart and the current home of Northeast Kingdom Learning Services. The building is owned by Spates Family LLC, of Newport, and Racenet said an investor in the Northeast Kannabis business plans to purchase the property. The learning services office that has been leasing the space for the past five years was already on the way out, relocating further downtown on Eastern Avenue. Racenet is scheduled to go before the St. Johnsbury Development Review Board on June 23. Racenet said he recognizes that the cannabis business is not without controversy, but he feels strongly that it can be done effectively and safely. He said the result of the town-wide vote over 14 months ago shows people in town agree with him.

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