Vermont Bills To Legalize Marijuana Sales And Expunge Convictions Head To Governor’s Desk

Vermont Bills To Legalize Marijuana Sales And Expunge Convictions Head To Governor’s Desk

A bill to legalize marijuana sales in Vermont and another to provide automatic expungements for cannabis convictions are heading to the governor’s desk following a final Senate vote on Tuesday. The legislation, which previously passed both chambers in differing forms, was recently merged into a compromise by a bicameral conference committee and then sent back to both chambers of the legislature for consent. The House of Representatives approved the negotiated legislation last week and the Senate followed suit with a 23-6 vote. After the language undergoes final formatting from legislative counsel, the bill will be formally transmitted to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott (R). Vermont legalized possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and cultivation of two plants in 2018, but there are currently no regulations in place that allow for retail sales. “This has been a long, winding road getting to this point.” Sen. Dick Sears (D), the lead sponsor of the cannabis commercialization bill and the chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee, said prior to the vote. “This bill is not perfect. It is the result of compromise between the Senate, the House and even the governor’s office. I don’t know if he will sign it, but I would be surprised if he didn’t.” While Scott hasn’t said whether he will put his signature on S. 54, he noted last week that he’s been impressed with how the legislative process unfolded for the measure and would take that into account. “They’ve come a long ways and…

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