TJ, lawmakers want retail marijuana – but the questions remain – Brattleboro Reformer

The Brattleboro Reformer sent a reporter to cover the State of the State address and whatever else was happening in the State House yesterday – including this press conference pressing for a legal retail market for marijuana. Like last year, there’s a strong push for legalization. But questions about taxation, municipal choice, and public safety persist.

"After four years of further study and deliberation ... it seems clear to me that, in the year 2020, there is no state in the U.S. that is more ready to regulate cannabis sales than Vermont," said Matt Simon, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national nonprofit. Donovan echoed the sentiment, contending it is "way past time" to create a legal marketplace for the drug. "It's good for consumer protection, it's good for public health, it's good for public safety and it's good for the state of Vermont," he said. The Vermont Senate last year passed a legalization bill, S.54, by a vote of 23 to 5. The bill is now being considered by committees in the House. Donovan lamented that, although Vermont law allows adults to possess small amounts of cannabis legally, it is "absolutely silent on how they obtain it."


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  • d pilone
    commented 2020-01-11 22:43:33 -0500
    “It’s void of consumer protection, it’s unfounded for public health, it’s negligent for public safety and it’s a fraud perpetrated on the state of Vermont,” he said.
    The way you obtain it is by growing it yourself in the confines of your home in a healthy environment. Its already the law. Giving the power to commercialize this industry is ripe with corruption. The “pushers” are now residing in the state house. If TJ Donovan and the Governor were serious about public safety they would sponsor a debate in the state rotunda with all legislators present. It would be televised and the panel would be made up of the leading professionals in their fields and present documented evidence to support their claims. It must be a head to head debate for and against commercialization. The state committees tend to separate the debate and allow lobbyists to present “facts” without rebuttal. This is wrong and would never be allowed in a court of law. TJ should know better to sponsor a one sided discussion as he did in Contios auditorium in Burlington city hall.