Montpelier, VT: Republican Governor Phil Scott has permitted legislation, Senate Bill 54, to become law establishing rules and regulations overseeing the commercial production and retail sale to adults. The measure became law absent the Governor’s signature.
Vermont lawmakers depenalized the possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana by adults in 2018, but that law did not legalize any commercial activities involving either production or sales. Ten states currently regulate adult-use sales.
NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf said: “Ten of the eleven states that have legalized adult-use possession have also wisely regulated the retail market; until today, Vermont had been the sole exception.
“This comprehensive legislation was debated and amended over a period of several months by members of both chambers, and it is supported by a majority of Vermont voters. Senate Bill 54 represents an opportunity to bring common-sense controls to the adult-use marketplace, which is currently unregulated, unlicensed, and untaxed. While the law, as written, is not perfect, we are confident that lawmakers will continue to further amend these proposed rules and regulations accordingly in a manner that both prioritizes public safety as well as the needs of entrepreneurs looking to enter into this space. This is a victory for those who wish to disrupt the illicit marketplace and move forward with an above-ground, regulated marketplace.”