Supporters of Marijuana Legalization Release Report

VT Cannabis Collaborative Releases Year-Long Report on Marijuana

Vermont - Burlington, VT - Tuesday, opponents of Marijuana Legalization voiced their concerns on the State House steps.  Wednesday, supporters laid out a plan for the future of pot in Vermont.

The report released by the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative answers the question: What can marijuana do for Vermont?  It outlines a framework for State Lawmakers.

Will Raap says his group has some ideas on how to make legalizing marijuana work in the State.

“Vermont is uniquely positioned to be a center of excellence,” said Raap.

The Vermont Cannabis Collaborative (VTCC) spent the last year creating the report, released Wednesday.

“This is a tough market for young people to get excited about jobs and find a place to grow a career in.  To me, the idea of legalization of cannabis for adult usage opens up a whole new industry to attract our millennials who are fleeing the state,” said Alan Newman, original Founder of Magic Hat.

Newman supports legalization.  He says the move could add 4 thousand jobs in Vermont.  The VTCC plan estimates a yearly demand of 50 thousand pounds of marijuana in Vermont, that's based on potential customers living within 200 miles of the state.

The report calls for Home Operations, able to grow nine plants for personal use; Craft Growers, who can cultivate 7 to 99 plants; and Large-Scale Operations, which can cultivate a grow-space up to 30,000 square feet, to meet the demand.

The guidelines also call for strict quality testing.

“In Vermont we would mandate that it has to meet a rigid set of standards, and every ounce, every gram of product would need to be tested,” said Bill Lofy, member of VTCC.

Some people are concerned about security around potential growing places.  Business Owner Dan Cox says with it being a cash industry, he'd like a better banking system put in place.

“I don't want to see grow areas with guard dogs and cage lights.  It's craziness, but it has to be addressed,” said Cox.

In the end it's up to State Lawmakers to make the final call on the future of pot in Vermont, but for Raap, the time is now.

“We think it's an important thing because of that momentum, because it's the right thing to do, end prohibition,” Rapp said.

The Vermont Cannabis Collaborative will meet with State Lawmakers December 1st, to discuss their report and answer questions about how to best legalize, and regulate, marijuana in Vermont.

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