• May 8, 2021

Vermont House OKs deal on bill to allow marijuana sale, tax

Source Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a deal on a bill that would allow for the legal sale of marijuana, as well as taxation on those sales.

The legislative conference committee report passed the House by a vote of 92-56 on Thursday, the Bennington Banner reported. It now heads to the state Senate, where a vote is expected next week.

House members of the conference committee had agreed to drop language that would have prevented advertising for cannabis-related businesses. They also gave up their insistence upon seat belt use becoming a primary reason for motor vehicle stops as part of the legislation.

Senators on the committee agreed to a House proposal collecting fees from cannabis licensees and distributing proceeds to towns hosting such entities. They also agreed to a roadside saliva test, obtained with a warrant.

Gov. Phil Scott has made roadside testing a condition for signing a bill.

The bill establishes a 14% excise tax on cannabis products. Of that, 30% is earmarked for substance abuse prevention. The bill also extends the 6% sales tax to cannabis products.

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The possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana was legalized in 2018, but there has been no way to buy or sell it legally or tax sales.

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