The proposal, House Bill 502, would establish criminal and civil penalties for the possession, manufacturing or distribution of alcohol, with penalties being identical to those of cannabis. Medical use of alcohol would be allowed, to put it in line with the fact that the medical use of cannabis is allowed.
Legislation to legalize the recreational use and distribution of cannabis will be introduced tomorrow in Vermont’s Senate by Senator David Zuckerman. A companion bill will be filed in the House of Representatives later in the week by Representative Chris Pearson.
Both bills would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and would establish a system of licensed cannabis retail outlets and cannabis lounges. Retail outlets would be authorized to sell up to an ounce of cannabis to Vermont residents aged 21 and older, and up to a quarter ounce to tourists visiting the state. Cannabis would be taxed at $40 an ounce.