Vermont Senate to Fast-Track Retail Cannabis Bill, But Path Not As Clear in House

Last year, lawmakers legalized possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe said lawmakers in his chamber will fast-track legislation that would create a retail market for cannabis sales in Vermont, but House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said she isn’t convinced Vermonters are ready for a tax-and-regulate system.

Last year, lawmakers legalized possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. But Ashe said Vermont is still missing out on revenue from cannabis sales.

“While we have legalized the behavior of tens of thousands of Vermonters, we are losing out on the ancillary benefits that could accrue to a formal, safe, regulated system,” Ashe said.

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