Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Wednesday evening advanced S.54, an act relating to the regulation of cannabis, on a vote of 90-54. The bill, which would establish legal sales of cannabis (marijuana) will be considered for a third reading on Thursday. If it passes the bill would then head to the Senate. Governor Phil Scott has said that any bill he would approve must have significant health and safety measures built into it.
“While Vermont already allows for the adult recreational use of cannabis, S.54 is an important step forward for our state,” said House Majority Leader, Representative Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington). “This bill creates a regulated market for cannabis, ensures the state collects tax revenue from the sale of cannabis, and regulates cannabis products so that Vermonters know what is in the products they purchase and consume. A key feature of this bill is the use of tax revenue to focus on preventing youth use and ensuring our roads are safe. While I believe that moving to a retail market is the right direction for Vermont, I firmly believe the revenue from these sales must be used to ensure the safety and health of Vermonters. The safety for consumers that comes with a regulated market, in addition to the safety of our roads and our children is of the utmost importance.”
Representative John Gannon (D-Wilmington), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Government Operations presented the bill on the floor of the House. He added, “Cannabis has already been legalized in Vermont. The decision we had today is whether cannabis should be regulated. The goal of this bill is the elimination or near-elimination of the black market, delivering products of certified purity and known potency, and minimizing the growth of heavy or hazardous use and use by children.”
The pro-legalization group Marijuana Policy Project offered the following summary of the bill as of House passage:
Source: Speaker of the House 2.26.2020. MPP.org 2.26.2020.