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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