Vermont Senate passes marijuana regulation bill with veto-proof majority

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FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit. Chronic pain is the most commonly cited reason people give when they enroll in state medical cannabis programs. A study published Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, […]

The Vermont Senate gave overwhelming preliminary approval to legislation that would create a tax and regulation system for retail recreational marijuana sales.

The bill was approved with a veto-proof majority — 23 senators supported the measure, five voted against it.

A second vote is expected i the Senate on Friday, before it moves to the House. 

The bill proposes taxing retail marijuana at sales at 10 percent, and it would allow an additonal 1 percent local option tax in municpalities that host a retailer.

Under the measure, oversight of Vermont’s medical cannabis program would be shifted from the Department of Safety to an independent commission beginning January 1, 2021. 

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