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S 54 - Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis - Vermont Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes the sale and regulation of cannabis.

Highlights:

Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of S 54. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

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Title: Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that authorizes the sale and regulation of cannabis.

Highlights:

Vote Smart staff and volunteers have provided this synopsis based on an initial review of the text and voting record of S 54. We will continue to analyze the contents of this bill and will have more information available as soon as possible.

For further status information, email us at votes@votesmart.org or call the Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART (1-888-868-3762).

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Title: Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the sale and regulation of cannabis.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits the consumption of cannabis in public places unless specifically authorized by law (Ch. 31, Sec. 833).

  • Defines “public place” as any street, alley, park, sidewalk, or public building other than an individual's dwellings (Ch. 31, Sec. 831).

  • Establishes a Cannabis Control Board that is responsible for safely, equitably, and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical and adult-use cannabis in Vermont (Ch. 31, Sec. 841).

  • Specifies the following duties of the Cannabis Control Board, including, but not limited to (Ch. 31, Sec. 841):

    • Rulemaking and administration of the program for licensed cannabis establishments;

    • Administration of the Medical Cannabis Registry on or after January 1, 2021;

    • Compliance and enforcement of programs at licensed medical cannabis dispensaries; and

    • Submission of the annual budget to the Governor.

  • Specifies that members of the Cannabis Control Board shall include the following (Ch. 31, Sec. 841):

    • 2 members appointed by the Governor;

    • 1 member appointed by the Senate Committee on Committees;

    • 1 member appointed by the Speaker of the House; and

    • 1 member appointed by the Attorney General;

  • Specifies that board members shall serve for a term of 3-9 years or until a successor is appointed and eligible for replacement (Ch. 31, Sec. 841).

  • Defines “cannabis establishment” as a cannabis cultivator, wholesaler, retailer, or testing laboratory licensed by the board to engage in commercial cannabis activity (Ch. 33, Sec. 861).

  • Prohibits cannabis advertising from containing any of the following statements or illustrations, including, but not limited to (Ch. 33, Sec. 864):

    • Promoting overconsumption;

    • Representing that cannabis has curative effects;

    • depicts an individual under the age of 21 consuming cannabis; or

    • Is deceptive, false, or misleading.

  • Prohibits cannabis establishments from advertising their products with flyers, television, radio, billboards, print or internet use unless the licensee can prove that no more than 30 percent of the audience is reasonably expected to be under the age of 21 (Ch. 33, Sec. 864).

  • Requires that all cannabis advertising contain the following warnings (Ch. 33, Sec. 864):

    • “For use by adults 21 years of age or older.  Keep out of the reach of children”; and

    • “Cannabis has intoxicating effects and may impair concentration, coordination, and judgement”.

  • Requires a licensee complete an enforcement seminar every 3 years conducted by the board in order to renew their license and show that they have complied with the terms of this section (Ch. 33, Sec. 865).

  • Establishes the following 5 types of cannabis licenses that shall all expire and need renewed on April 30 of each year (Ch. 33, Sec. 901):

    • A cultivator license;

    • A wholesaler license;

    • A product manufacturer license;

    • A retailer license; and

    • A testing laboratory license.

  • Authorizes the board to develop different cultivator license tiers based on the plant canopy size of the operation and may develop tiers for other licenses as appropriate (Ch. 33, Sec. 901).

  • Requires the board to consider and offer priority licenses to minority and women-owned businesses models with plans to recruit, hire, and pay employees a living wage with benefits in order to combat the effects of the war on drugs (Ch. 33, Sec. 903).

  • Authorizes a cannabis excise tax equal to 10 percent of the sales price and specifies that this imposed tax is separate from the cannabis local option tax, which shall be equal to one percent of the sales price on each retail sale made in the local municipality (Ch. 207, Sec. 7901).

Title: Authorizes the Sale and Regulation of Cannabis

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