Vermont House Gives Preliminary OK to Commercial Cannabis Industry Bill

A broader legalization of recreational cannabis is one step closer in Vermont. The state’s General Assembly gave its initial approval for S. 54, a bill that would regulate recreational cannabis on Wednesday, in a preliminary vote of 90-54. 

Vermont became the first state in the country to pass a recreational cannabis legalization bill in 2018. Act 86 gave permission for small scale possession and home cultivation, authorizing adults 21 years and older to have up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of hash on their person, and grow four immature and two mature cannabis plants.

S. 54 would expand on those activities, insuring for a dispensary sales system that would be taxed at 20 percent, among other changes to the state’s existing cannabis reality.

The next step is for the chamber to hear additional amendments on the legislation, among them limits on the kinds of advertising to which cannabis companies will have access. That discussion is scheduled to take place today. 

Vermont’s Senate has already approved its own version of the cannabis expansion bill, which differs from the House’s version on various issues. Among those includes an option for local governments to institute their own tax on cannabis

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