Days away from cannabis being available at retail stores, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board approved the fourth retail license in Vermont.

The Vermont Bud Barn in West Brattleboro joins Flora Cannabis in Middlebury, Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland and CeresMED in Burlington as the only retailers approved to sell adult-use cannabis when it becomes legal October 1.

James Pepper, the chair of the board, says It will be more of a soft open. The harvest for outdoor growers is just getting started, and most of their product will not reach shelves until later in the year.

“They’re fighting with the weather right now trying to harvest as late as possible,” said Pepper. “Once they’ve harvested, they still need to dry, and cure, and test and package. All those pieces before they can get product on the shelves.”

Pepper said approval of the Vermont Bud Barn’s license gives the legal market in Vermont better geographic distribution. More licenses are expected to be approved this fall.