CeresMED Becomes VBSR Champion Member
Wellness innovator joins leading Vermont businesses for people, planet, and prosperity
Burlington, VT – Today Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced that CeresMED has joined the organization’s core group of Champion Members. VBSR’s cohort of 22 Champion Members, which includes King Arthur Baking Company, Gardener’s Supply Company, Ben & Jerry’s, and Green Mountain Power, represents the state’s leaders in social responsibility using business as a catalyst for good in areas such as community engagement, governance, sustainability, workplace culture, and public policy.
With locations in Burlington, South Burlington, Middlebury and Brattleboro, CeresMED unites Vermont’s artisanal culture with the science of plant-based medicine to produce safe, compliant, high quality medical cannabis products. Having served thousands of Vermonters registered in the state’s medical cannabis program since 2013, CeresMED is positioned to be a national model for best practices in their field.
“We have joined the esteemed group of Champion Members at VBSR to further our commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity,” said Bridget Conry, director of brand experience, CeresMED. “Since our inception in 2012 as Vermont’s first licensed cannabis company, we have stood up for plant-based medicine. It is with a collaborative spirit and an open mind we take our next steps forward, sharing our knowledge and experience so that we can help establish a vibrant, just and sustainable cannabis marketplace in our brave little state.”
The CeresMED team has excellent working relationships with the medical community in Vermont and believes patients have the best outcomes when their healthcare provider is involved with their use of cannabis for symptom relief. Through consistent education efforts throughout the state, CeresMED helps community stakeholders understand how Vermonters gain access to the Vermont Marijuana Registry, the role of the healthcare provider in verifying a patient’s application and the products and services available through the licensed dispensaries. With permission, CeresMED has also been able to collect and share the stories of registered patients that have found success using medical cannabis, allowing them to live more active lives and to enjoy a better daily existence.
Beyond their steadfast commitment to the holistic health and wellbeing of those they serve, CeresMED is outspoken in its dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
- As part of their commitment to expanding diversity in the workplace, CeresMED continually identifies and builds relationships with BIPOC, women-owned and other organizations that identify as marginalized communities, especially those who have been negatively impacted by cannabis criminalization. Supporting women in the cannabis industry is of particular interest to the organization and the numbers tell the story: over half of their staff and leadership team are women, and numerous women-owned brands are featured at their Ceres Natural Remedies flagship store in Burlington.
- CeresMED practices and promotes social justice in several ways. They work with the Vermont Cannabis Trades Association (VCTA) to legalize and increase access to medical and adult use cannabis, actively participating in both the legislative process and community education. They are also inaugural partners in the Last Prisoner Project’s (LPP) Roll It Up for Justice Program – and the first in Vermont. In addition to helping LPP raise money, CeresMED increases awareness of their platform through continued marketing efforts and offers their staff paid volunteer time to support LPP initiatives.
- The organization’s dedication to environmental sustainability starts in the greenhouse but does not end there. In cultivation, they utilize OMRI-certified products and Integrative Pest Management. They also work with Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to find cost effective, energy efficient and renewable energy solutions. They source certified organic and local ingredients for their infused product menu and are gradually transitioning their packaging to eco-friendly, recyclable solutions, already partnering with Terracycle at their production facility. Finally, at the local level, they support community nonprofits like The Intervale Center through volunteering efforts and monetary donations.
VBSR Champion Members include AllEarth Renewables, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Chroma Technology, Dinse, Gardener’s Supply Company, Green Mountain Power, King Arthur Baking Company, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, National Life Group, Northfield Savings Bank, Paul Frank + Collins, Seventh Generation, SunCommon, The Alchemist, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, Union Mutual, VEIC, Vermont Creamery, Vermont Family Farms, Villanti & Sons, Printers, and VSECU.