Possession and use of cannabis is legal in small amounts in Vermont, but the legislation that legalized it didn’t include a commercial market structure to make store sales legal there.
An effort to legalize retail marijuana sales in the Green Mountain State failed late last week in the state’s legislature, but backers of the idea say it’s just a matter of time before taxed and regulated commercial retail cannabis sales are okayed.
“This vote does not reflect the sentiment of the people, and when the sentiment of the people is reflected in this body, it will move forward,” Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a proponent of legal, regulated cannabis sales said, according to Vermont Public Radio.
Even those who have traditionally opposed legalizing marijuana in Vermont said that since the state did it earlier this year – it should have created a taxation and regulation system.
“There’s no regulation. There’s no taxation. But all the costs associated with it still come,” said House Republican Leader Don Turner.
The legislation Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed into law in January allowing possession of cannabis goes into effect July 1. Starting then, Vermonters can legally have up to an ounce of cannabis.