Senate passes marijuana bill

  • Senate passes marijuana bill

Senate passes marijuana bill

The Senate version keeps the tax on marijuana products at a maximum 12 percent, while the House bill seeks an increase to 28 percent.

The House would have needed to agree to suspend legislative rules so that it could have been considered during the current veto session. But only a majority voted to take action on the bill, with nearly all Republican House members voting 'no'. 511 could receive a vote when the House next convenes.

The proposal would legalize recreational use of marijuana effective on July 1, 2018.

According to the Vermont Press Bureau, Democratic Senator Dick Sears and Representative Maxine Grad are confident that the legislation altercations will be enough to pass recreational legalization into law.

"Vermont is poised to make history by becoming the first state in which the legislature and governor end the disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition".

A marijuana growing greenhouse.

A 28 percent tax may seem like a great idea if you want to fill the Commonwealth checking account with haste, but what will stop a cannabis consumer from taking a short drive to neighboring states like CT and Rhode Island that are both working diligently toward ending prohibition and opening retail markets of their own?

"There is no good reason for the House to delay passage of this modest and sensible legislation", Simon said. Now that Gov. Scott has agreed with the House and Senate that marijuana should be legal for adult use, House Republicans should follow the governor's lead and vote to advance this compromise. The Massachusetts Senators recognize that there is an appropriate tax rate zone where both consumers feel comfortable paying a small fee for a safe and regulated industry and the state still collects enough revenue to sustain the market and maintain optimal public health and safety.

Scott's main concerns with the previous bill were a lack of specific details pertaining to punishments for people who give or sell cannabis to minors, those consuming cannabis while operating a motor vehicle or driving under the influence of marijuana, and the ability for police to confiscate cannabis from offenders possessing more than the legally allowed amount, or consuming it in a restricted area.