in the State House of Representatives on February 26, 2020, by a vote of 90-54
. Purpose:To create a regulatory framework for the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana. . Analysis: This version of S.54 would establish a 20% tax on sale of marijuana (a 14% excise tax plus the existing 6% sales tax). . It would create a Cannabis Control Board responsible for regulation and licensing and establishes a license for current medical dispensaries to start selling marijuana in 2022. The bill directs the board to prioritize Vermont businesses owned by women and minorities as it considers license applications. . The bill bans flavored cannabis vapes and sets a cap on the potency of the cannabis to 30% THC and limits the maximum THC content per edible to 50 mg. The bill bans access to cannabis establishments to anyone under the age of 21. . Those voting YES believe that creating a regulatory framework for legal marijuana sales will better protect consumers of an already legal product while bringing in tax revenue for the state. . Those voting NO believe, generally, that the legalization of marijuana is a bad idea, and specifically that the high tax rates in this bill will encourage rather than discourage a black market for marijuana, and object to the fact that there is not yet a roadside test for impairment. .
As Recorded in the House Journal, Day of Week, Date 2020:“Shall the House propose to the Senate to amend the bill as recommended by the committee on Government Operations, as amended? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 90. Nays, 54.” (Read the Journal, p. 473-483.)