Plenty of Vermont farmers are interested in growing marijuana for profit. But they worry the commercial cannabis bill will let towns shut them down.
"Indeed, Mellish is among Vermont farmers and hemp growers who consider pot the next logical step in their farming evolution. But now, just as advocates are increasingly hopeful that the Vermont legislature will legalize the retail sale of marijuana this year, farmers fear that a recent change in the legislation could shut them out of the market.
Last week, a House committee added language to the pot bill, S.54, declaring that marijuana cultivation would not be considered farming in the eyes of the law. The provision would clear the way for towns to regulate — and limit — marijuana farming by treating grow operations like any other business.
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