VERMONT – Lawmakers Consider Allowing Commercial Cannabis Sales

The state last year legalized marijuana possession and home cultivation, but advocates say taxed and regulated sales are necessary for consumer safety. Vermont legalized adult-use cannabis last year and allowed its residents to grow marijuana in their homes as of July 1, 2018, but the state is still trying to figure out the best way to create a taxed and regulated market with commercial sales. Fifteen of the state’s senators have sponsored S. 54, legislation that would create a system of regulated cannabis production and sales. The bill levies a 10-percent tax on retail sales and allows municipalities to establish a 1-percent local option tax on retailers within their borders.