Rec legalization no slam dunk in Vermont

One of the prime states expected to legalize adult use cannabis this year via its legislature may not get across the goal line after all.

A legalization bill won a narrow victory in the Vermont state Senate last week, but getting a legalization bill passed in the state’s House of Representatives will be even more difficult, according to Vermont Public Radio. The bill now heads to the House Judiciary Committee, which will begin its deliberations in mid-March.

House Speaker Shap Smith told VPR that the Green Mountain State should regulate marijuana, but wasn’t sure if the Senate’s bill is the best way to do it. He added that key House members had “significant reservations” about the bill, and that if a vote were held now, it would fail.

According to a VPR poll last month, 55% of Vermonters, including Gov. Peter Shumlin, support legalization.

Under the Senate bill, small cultivator license fees would begin at $1,000, while large cultivator license fees would cost $25,000, according to WPTZ news. The senate version also calls for a 25% tax on cannabis sales, with the revenue being allocated for law enforcement and drug prevention and treatment programs. If the Senate version were to pass, state regulators would start issuing cultivation licenses next year, while retail sales would begin in 2018.

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4 comments on “Rec legalization no slam dunk in Vermont
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Many thanks for the update, Marijuana Business Daily! I humbly wish to remind Vermont legislators that, for the first 150 years of United States history, no federal law existed prohibiting the cultivation of cannabis plants. The real crime is that state and local governments continue aiding and abetting federal anti-“marihuana” tyranny in the vigorous persecution of nonviolent cannabis growers. Day after day, it breaks my heart to keep seeing it.

  2. Ryan shaw on

    making laws which force the revenues to law enforcement is a terrible idea. We already have way too many police and an annuity giving them millions more will likely result in further over-policing than what already exists. In colorado we gave to low income school districts and we cant have any flexibility to give the tax revenues to the marijuana enforcement division, which is a smaller mistake than what they propose here. I am very happy we are doing capital infrastructure projects for the poor kids around the state but increasing law enforcement has proven to be a very wrong decision as they will find things to harass the public about. lets not forget that the police took more from americans in 2014 than criminals did through civil forfeiture. It was the police union in 2010 which blocked funding of medical research for cannabis because the police claimed that it would increase drug cartel activity… and the police won. The police do not have society’s best interest at heart, they are terrified about losing pensions and jobs as they KNOW we dont need nearly as many as we have.

  3. supporterZ on

    Lets face it, politicians for the most part where the bill is going do not like the idea of marijuana. People want it though, and it SHOULD be what people want. but once again lets face it, it isnt and probably wont be. If it passes and the State or Federal gov can make money off it atleast we get something met half way. Lets just hope they do something with the money, lived in a mmj state for 21 years prior to vermont and that state did absolutely nothing with the money from its mmj. With the numbers they say they would make taxed etc.. It should only make the state flourish, better streets highways everything all around should be better since the US is in debt with china its the least individual states can do for themselves

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