A conference committee of key House and Senate lawmakers have found common ground on cannabis sales, meaning a regulated market might soon be coming to Vermont.
Tentative agreements have been reached where the chambers’ proposals conflicted most, including THC caps, saliva testing, and a seatbelt provision.
A key committee met for the second time to try to produce compromise legislation on cannabis sales to send to Gov. Phil Scott.
Vermont was the first state to pass legalization by legislature, but sales were not allowed. That could change, if lawmakers can agree on the details.
As soon as lawmakers reconcile their versions, the bill heads to the governor’s desk.
Vermont has had legal cannabis since 2018, but still doesn’t allow sales. Some lawmakers are optimistic that 2020 will be the year that changes.
Vermont legalized cannabis last year, but only home grown. The panel focused on neighboring Maine and Massachusetts, which fully legalized and allowed sales, albeit very differently.