MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. The chamber, as expected, then gave final approval to the measure on Thursday, Feb. 27. The move comes a year after the Senate passed tax-and-regulate legislation. Bill S.54 now needs a final nod from the Senate and then tweaks from House and Senate conferees before heading to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. Scott has said he’s open to a measure to tax and regulate cannabis, but has insisted it contain a saliva screening provision to flag drivers under the...
MONTPELIER — The House Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation this past Wednesday that would legalize a marketplace for marijuana and set a 20% combined tax rate on sales of the substance. The action means the bill, S.54, will likely see a full vote on the House floor in the coming weeks. It represents major movement for the legislation, which stalled in the Ways and Means Committee when it arrived there last year. Under the House bill, which was reported out of committee on a 7-3 vote, cannabis purchases would face a 14% excise tax and a 6% sales tax. The excise tax would send revenue...
The old joke goes that the only time you need to lock your car doors in Vermont is during the summer, because if you leave your car unlocked someone will fill it with extra zucchini from their garden. Now there’s a new plant that’s becoming just as common. Of all the things I thought I’d never see in this life — gay marriage, the Red Sox and Cubs winning the World Series, Donald Trump as president — legal marijuana tops the list. Yet here we are over a decade into medical marijuana legalization and nearly two years into Vermont’s one-of-a-kind experiment with legal reefer. I grew up when pot/...
Burying one’s head in the sand is rarely an effective strategy for dealing with a problem. But that’s exactly what Vermont’s top officials are doing when it comes to the emerging epidemic of vaping-related lung disease that has hospitalized hundreds nationwide. Vermont’s Department of Health has confirmed one case so far, and is investigating several more suspected cases. At least 13 people have died in the U.S. as a result of vaping. While public health officials both in Vermont and nationwide continue to investigate, a common thread has emerged in nearly all suspected cases: unsafe...

UNITED WAY OF Addison County’s Jesse Brooks (prevention coordinator), left, Helena Van Voorst (executive director) and Jerrod Rushton (board president) are planning how the organization will use $1.29 million in federal money over the next five years on local programming aimed at steering youths away from marijuana and alcohol use. Independent photo/John Flowers
ADDISON COUNTY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has won a five-year, $1.29 million federal grant to create more programming to reduce local youths’ use of alcohol and marijuana. And United Way officials stressed the target population — children in grades 4 through high school — will play a big role in devising and implementing that new programming. The “Partnership for Success” grant comes through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. More than 500 organizations throughout the country applied for funding, and UWAC...

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