Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis to be Filed this Week in Vermont

Legislation tovermont 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.

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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Introduced in Vermont

Earlier this week Vermont Senator David Zuckerman introduced a proposalprettybudsSenate Bill 306 Рto legalize recreational cannabis. Under the proposed law, the possession up to 2 ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to 3 plants, would be legal for those 21 and older. State-licensed retail outlets would be authorized to distribute cannabis, which would be taxed at $50 an ounce.

Just last year, Vermont lawmakers approved a measure – which was signed by the governor – to decriminalize up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to 5 grams of hashish; the proposal took effect July 1st of last year.

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