VT Tourism Summit- April 27
“The Vermont Tourism Summit‘s mission is to provide education and training of individuals involved with the Vermont tourism industry. [This event] draws one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in the state including owners, managers, and employees of the many businesses connected to this important segment of Vermont’s economy. The Summit rotates around the state, making stops in Manchester, Killington, Stowe, and Burlington.”
VT Tourism Summit
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Closing Panel: Cannabis is legal. Now what?
Kyle Harris (Moderator)
Kyle Harris comes to the Cannabis Control Board from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM), where he worked in Agriculture Development focusing on Emerging Issues and Economic Development. His work focused on dairy innovation, maple initiatives, and hemp business development. He was worked closely with Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD) as a liaison between agencies to facilitate policy and economic discussion throughout Vermont’s agricultural portfolio. Most recently, he aided in the development of Vermont’s Agriculture and Food system Strategic Plan 2021-2030.
Previous to his role with VAAFM, Kyle served as the Associate Counsel for Environmental Affairs at the Corn Refiners Association in Washington, DC. In that position he represented 14% of the US Corn Supply, focusing on improving the environmental footprint at both ends of the supply chain, from grower relations to growth in plant-based products and 21st century uses for agricultural feedstocks. He has also spent time with Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General for the Dept. of Natural Resources.
Harris has a B.A. from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and J.D. and a Masters of Environmental Policy from Vermont Law School. He has a license to practice law in Maryland. He lives in Roxbury with his wife Cate.
Eli Harrington is the founder of Vermontijuana Farmstead, Greenbridge Consulting, and co-founder of Vermontijuana Cannabis Farm Tours. As a licensed ‘Tier 2’ cannabis cultivator, Harrington personally cultivated 312 sungrown cannabis plants in the heart of the northeast kingdom in 2022 and is presently developing and distributing Vermontijuana cannabis products to retail dispensaries across the state of Vermont.
As a co-founder of Vermont’s first cannabis farm tours — with Ben Wilcox of Off Piste Farms — Harrington and Wilcox have spent the past three summers coordinating CBD and THC cannabis cultivation tours of their licensed cannabis farms in the ‘Northeast Kingdom’ area of Vermont. Harrington and Wilcox originally met while skiing at Burke Mountain in 2016 and both host short-term rentals at cannabis-friendly lodging properties in the Burke area in addition to the tours.
Jane is the co-founder and co-owner of Family Tree. Her career is rooted in holistic living. Jane’s grateful to work from home running the farm business, brand, and raising her two children. She has helped grow Family Tree into a thriving company. Before launching Family Tree, Jane’s wellness event and marketing clients ranged from music festivals to meditation centers and boutique hotels. Jane ran meditation and cannabis retreats worldwide with acclaimed presenters for down to earth, playful wellness experiences. Jane’s certified through UVM’s Larner School of Medicine in Cannabis Science in Medicine. She has a degree in English from the University of Vermont.
Dan Pomerantz is a renowned cannabis industry expert and longtime legacy operator. He’s the owner of Rebel Grown, a cannabis lifestyle and genetics brand, farm owner, social equity recipient in Humboldt County California, and licensed cultivator in Vermont and California. His genetics have won dozens of awards dating back to 2011, most notably The Emerald Cup’s coveted Breeders Cup award in 2022 and 2018. He’s a Senior Editor and shareholder of Skunk Magazine, as well as a regular contributor for Skunk and Grow Magazine. Dan has taught cultivation courses at the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis in Natick, MA, and 707 Cannabis College in Humboldt County, CA. Under Proposition 215 Dan managed collective operations on several of the largest outdoor medical gardens in Northern California dating back to 2010. He founded the Ganja Rebel Seeds collective in 2011 and was the first seed company to offer seeds to medical patients through retail dispensaries in Humboldt County, California. Dan was an original consultant of one of the first political action committees representing small craft legacy Cannabis farmers in Northern California, the Humboldt Growers Association. Having trained, managed, and mentored dozens of people over the years, many of Dan’s former employees and proteges have gone on to own their own farms and canna-businesses, manage, consult, and run some of the largest operations in California and beyond. Amongst other consulting work, Dan was Director of Operations for FLRish/Harborside Farms in Monterey County. Dan is a naturalist with efforts in land and nature conservation, with interests in permaculture, sustainability and restorative agriculture.
Marlena co-founded Zenbarn Farms and Zenbarn’s yoga and wellness studio and can be found running the day-to-day of our retail cannabis experience store, guiding customers and our business toward their respective goals. A mother, entrepreneur, educator and activist Marlena is a driving force behind Zenbarn Farms.
Thank you to Ashley Reynolds, Elmore Mountain Therapeutics, for their generous support of this session! Check out the VT Cannabis &Tourism Instagram @VTcannatourism.