On Tuesday, September 15, the Vermont House and Senate reached final agreement on the details of S. 54, Vermont’s bill to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales, which had previously passed both the Senate (23-5) and the House (90-54) in different forms. The House approved the bill in a final vote (92-56) on September 17, and the Senate approved it in a final vote (23-6) on September 22. Gov. Phil Scott announced on October 7 that he will allow the bill to become law without his signature. His statement is available here.
Here is a summary of provisions that are included in the final version of S. 54. The legislature also passed a companion bill (S. 234) that will automatically expunge low-level cannabis convictions and to decriminalize modestly exceeding the legal possession and cultivation limit. Details on that bill are available here.
Changing “Marijuana” to “Cannabis”
Promoting Small Businesses, Social Equity, and Vermont Control
State Regulation and Licensing of Cannabis Businesses
Detecting Impaired Drivers
Taxation and Distributing the Revenue