Governor Phil Scott publicizes appointments to the Vermont Hashish Management Board – MJNews Community
VERMONT: Governor Phil Scott announced today that he has appointed James Pepper of Montpelier, Julie Hulburd of Colchester and Kyle Harris of Montpelier to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB).
“The Board of Directors will play a critical role in ensuring public safety, justice and fairness in the implementation of this new market,” said Governor Phil Scott. “James, Julie and Kyle bring diverse and relevant experiences to the CCB and I am confident that they will take the first step when they go to work in the coming days.”
The CCB was created by Act 164 of 2020 to safely, fairly, and effectively implement and administer the laws and regulations governing adult cannabis in Vermont. It is responsible for establishing, managing and regulating a cannabis regulatory system for commercial cannabis breeders, wholesalers, product manufacturers, retailers and testing laboratories.
The CCB will also have responsibility for the regulation of medical cannabis dispensaries and the administration of the medical cannabis registry, which is currently administered by the Vermont Department of Public Safety.
About the appointed persons:
James Pepper, chairman
James Pepper is currently the assistant prosecutor for the State Department’s attorneys and sheriffs. In that role, Pepper has worked on several criminal justice reform initiatives, including bail reform, eligibility to delete, reinvestment of the judiciary, enforcing standards of violence for law enforcement officers, and expanding juvenile justice.
Pepper is also a member of Racial Disparity on the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, CHINS Reform Advisory Board, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Act 148 Working Group, and Criminal Commission. Prior to joining the department, Pepper worked for former Governor Peter Shumlin as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor, where he worked on relevant cannabis issues.
Pepper received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and his JD from Vermont Law School. He and his wife, Aly, live in Montpelier with their identical twins, Beau and Wesley.
Julie Hulburd is currently the Human Resources Director at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and has over twenty years of HR experience, including 12 years in the city administration. In her most recent role as a local government administrator, Julie worked closely with leadership on the city’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Hulburd was appointed to the state ethics committee in 2018 and has been its chairman since 2019. She was also a member of her local parks and recreation council, a justice of the peace, and a member of the selection board.
Hulburd holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Vermont University-Johnson. She also has a Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management. She regularly volunteers for the Vermont Brain Injury Association’s Walk for Thought, the local Night to Shine event, and the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization.
Kyle Harris joined the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) as an agricultural development specialist in 2019. In this role he focused on emerging problems and economic development. His work focused on dairy innovations, maple initiatives, and the development of the hemp business. He has worked closely with the Commerce and Community Development Agency as a liaison between the agencies to facilitate political and economic discussion throughout Vermont’s agricultural portfolio. Most recently, he was involved in developing the 2021-2030 Strategic Plan for the Vermont Agriculture and Food System.
Prior to VAAFM, Harris was Associate Counsel, Environmental Affairs at the Corn Refiners Association in Washington, DC, where he focused on improving the carbon footprint at both ends of the supply chain, from grower relationships to crop-based growth 21st Century Products and Uses for Agricultural Raw Materials
Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston and a JD & Master of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland. He lives in Montpelier with his wife Cate.