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Legal cannabis sales begin in Vermont on Saturday

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Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, legal cannabis sales for adults 21 and older will begin in Vermont.

“For years, Vermonters have supported allowing adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis from small, tax-paying, regulated businesses. Now, Vermont has legalized cannabis and is on its way to creating a well-regulated and equitable market,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policy at Marijuana Policy Project: “We are very grateful to our allies in the state for all of their efforts over the years to support reasonable cannabis policies.”

Last month, the Vermont Cannabis Control Board issued its first licenses for retail sales of adult-use cannabis to Mountain Girl Cannabis in Rutland, Advanced Social Equity, and Flora Cannabis in Middlebury. In addition, the board has given permission for Ceres Med in South Burlington to move from selling medical cannabis to selling adult cannabis. as such mentioned By Burlington Free Press, at least 30 applicants have applied for retail licenses, and more licenses are expected to be issued in the near future.

Adults age 21 or older with valid identification will be able to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana or 8,400 milligrams of THC in any other product.

The Marijuana Policy Project has been calling for cannabis policy reforms in Vermont for more than 15 years. The state legislature passed a limited medical cannabis law in 2004, decriminalized possession in 2013, and gradually improved cannabis policies in the years since.

In 2018, Vermont successfully legalized the possession and cultivation of cannabis for adults age 21 and older, but the state did not act to legalize and regulate sales until October 7, 2020, when Governor Phil Scott (right) announced that it would allow it. p 54 The bill regulating and taxing cannabis sales – to become law without his signature. This made Vermont the eleventh state to regulate cannabis sales to adults and the second state to do so legislatively rather than on the initiative of voters.

As of tomorrow, 15 states will have legal sales of cannabis to adults. Four additional states (Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia) and Washington, D.C. have legalized cannabis for adults but sales have yet to begin.

Voters in five additional states will consider legalization initiatives or referrals on Election Day: Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Founded in 1995, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the leading cannabis policy reform organization in the country. MPP has played a central role in passing dozens of cannabis policy reforms in states across the country, including 11 successful campaigns to legalize cannabis, and is also working to advance federal reforms. visit www.mpp.org for more information.

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