The Cannabis Control Board issued its first license on Monday for retail marijuana cultivation in Vermont

The Cannabis Control Board issued its first license on Monday for retail marijuana cultivation in Vermont. Officials say more licenses are in the pipeline but frustration is growing for some who are trying to plant their roots in the industry. “We expect to license another handful of people next week,” said James Pepper, the chair of the Cannabis Control Board. There has been a delay in getting licenses out the door, which officials say is mostly due to staffing. But the drug remains illegal at the federal level. “This is an incredibly complicated industry. It is because of the ongoing illegality of cannabis at the federal level,” Pepper said. Officials say the initial delay in licensing does not necessarily translate into a delay when it comes to the Oct. 1 deadline when retail marijuana is slated to be legal in the Green Mountains.