A bill that would legalize a commercial adult-use marijuana program in Vermont has been sent to the governor’s desk for his signature after the Senate passed the final version Tuesday by a resounding 23-6 margin.
Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, hasn’t said whether he’ll definitely sign the bill – or let it pass into law – but he has indicated that many of his concerns with previous versions had been resolved.
“This was a difficult compromise, but Legislators worked hard to ensure that a wide range of concerns were addressed,” Matt Simon, New England political director at the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement.
For example, Scott had made roadside testing a condition for signing the bill, and the Senate agreed to a House proposal to a roadside saliva test obtained with a warrant.
In 2019, Illinois became the first state in the nation to legalize retail cannabis sales via its Legislature.
More states, such as New York and Pennsylvania, are expected to legalize adult-use through their legislatures in the next year or two.
In Vermont, adult-use home grow and possession were legalized in 2018, but the legislation did not include a commercial sales and taxation program.
But, under the measure passed by Vermont lawmakers, recreational cannabis products would be taxed at 20%.
– Associated Press contributed to this report.