With retail sales less than three weeks away, a cannabis sub-committee of the Burlington City Council held its first meeting Wednesday.

The group reviewed applications from updates three retail hopefuls awaiting approval from the state’s Cannabis Control Board. Members also continued to iron out their responsibilities, including overseeing adherence to zoning and other local regulations before the state approves retail licenses.

Joan Shannon, a Burlington City Council and Chair of the sub-committee, said its duties will continue to evolve after sales begin October 1.

“It started to occur to me that it would be helpful for the state to have local input before they act, because it seems like all the authority is with them,” said Shannon.

The sub-committee is also expected to consider whether to allow public consumption of cannabis outside retail shops. It meets again September 19.