CANNABIS CULTURE – Final S. 54 House vote expected today – then goes to Senate, then reconciliation, then Governor’s Desk.
MONTPELIER, Vermont — On Wednesday evening, in a landmark vote, the Vermont House voted pass S.54, the bill to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older. Members of the House voted 90-54.
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“It’s time for cannabis use to come out into the light of day,” said Rep. Mari Cordes (D-Lincoln). “S.54 creates a strong structure to incentivize small cultivators and retailers, encourage renewable energy, and protect Vermonters from the multiple harms of the illicit market. This bill, combined with current expungement work, will decrease harm to marginalized communities related to cannabis.”
“This bill, combined with current expungement work, will decrease harm to marginalized communities related to cannabis.”
On Monday, S.54 cleared the House Appropriations Committee by a narrow margin of 6-5 in favor of advancing the bill to the House floor. Before passing, the committee added an amendment reducing the number of people on the Cannabis Control Board to three full-time members.
Early on Wednesday