Some Vermont Towns to Allow Cannabis Retail


2021-03-06 12:30:56 Ganjapreneur


More than 20 Vermont communities have approved adult-use cannabis operations in recent town meetings, according to the Associated Press. Vermont is taking a local approach to rolling out its adult-use cannabis system. Instead of outright legalization across the state, voters can approve the adult-use industry on a town-by-town basis. Once a town votes in favor, businesses can apply for retail licenses, which are then considered by a state board. According to the report, at least three towns have “rejected” cannabis sales, but most recently a surge of communities including Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Waterbury, and Winooski added their names to the “approve” column. Vermont’s adult-use cannabis journey looks a bit different from a lot of states. The Legislature legalized cannabis possession and home cultivation in 2018. However, the state failed to pass regulations for the commercial production and distribution of cannabis. The legislature later returned and passed a tax-and-regulate bill last year, which Gov. Phil Scott (R) allowed to pass into law without his signature. Rather than a veto, the governor expressed his concerns to the Senate via letter, writing that the state’s licensing structure will “disproportionately benefit Vermont’s existing medical dispensaries by giving them sole access to integrated licenses and an unfair head start on market access. “This creates an inequitable playing held both for our smaller minority and women-owned business applicants, and other small Vermont growers and entrepreneurs,” the governor wrote. Get daily news insights in your inbox. Subscribe End Authored By: Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to DJ, play adaptive sports and volunteer in his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening up of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.
据美联社报道,佛蒙特州20多个社区在最近的城镇会议上批准了成人使用大麻的经营活动。佛蒙特州正在采取一种地方办法来推广成人使用的大麻系统。选民们可以在一个镇一个镇的基础上批准成人用品行业,而不是在全州范围内完全合法化。一旦一个城镇投赞成票,企业就可以申请零售许可证,然后由一个州的委员会审议。 报道称,至少有三个城镇“拒绝”大麻销售,但最近包括本宁顿、布拉特尔伯勒、伯灵顿、蒙彼利埃、韦尔根内斯、沃特伯里和维努斯基在内的大批社区将自己的名字加入了“批准”栏。 佛蒙特州的成人大麻之旅看起来与许多州有点不同。立法机构于2018年将大麻持有和家庭种植合法化。然而,国家未能通过大麻商业生产和分销条例。立法机构后来在去年通过了一项税收和监管法案,州长Phil Scott(注册商标)允许该法案在没有他签名的情况下通过成为法律。 州长并没有否决,而是通过信函向参议院表达了他的担忧,他写道,该州的许可结构将“使佛蒙特州现有的药房获得单独的综合许可,并在市场准入方面占不公平的先机,从而使他们获得不成比例的利益。” 州长写道:“这对我们较小的少数族裔和女性拥有的企业申请者,以及佛蒙特州的其他小型种植者和企业家来说,都造成了不公平的竞争。” 在收件箱中获取每日新闻见闻。订阅 结束 作者: 卢卡斯是一名自由撰稿人和医用大麻活动家,住在塔科马。当他不写关于大麻的文章,也不致力于为华盛顿带来更好的大麻医疗系统时,他喜欢做DJ,做适应性运动,在他的塔科马社区做志愿者。他支持全国合法化,并在所有50个州开放医用大麻市场。