Montpelier, VT: Lawmakers will likely convene a hearing in August to reconcile dueling versions Senate Bill 54, which regulates the commercial production and retail sales of marijuana to adults. Senate members passed an initial version of the bill in 2019, while House members passed an amended version of the measure in February.
House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) recently said that she expects members of a specially appointed conference committee to take up the issue of reconciling the two bills later this summer.
The pending legislation establishes rules and regulations governing a statewide commercial cannabis industry. The measure provides regulations for licensed producers and retailers, establishes tax rates on retail sales of cannabis products, and sets potency caps on specific products, such as concentrates.
In 2018, lawmakers approved legislation legalizing the personal possession and private cultivation of marijuana by those ages 21 and older. However, that law did not establish a structure for the retail production and sale of marijuana.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Director.