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Vt. lawmakers reach deal on regulated pot sales

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 11:18 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont House and Senate lawmakers have struck a deal on how a taxed and regulated market for cannabis would work.

The latest version of the pot market bill requires towns to opt-in to marijuana sales.

A cannabis control board will explore whether companies should be able to advertise for the new commodity.

It also allows law enforcement to collect a saliva sample but they have to get a warrant first.

Lawmakers say this is a big step forward for the initiative which has been in the works for years.

“We are only at a place now where we are starting to set up the potential system. As we go through the implementation of that system, there are still nuances that have to be dealt with,” said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia County.

The bill now heads back to the House and Senate for a vote before moving to the governor’s desk, where Benning says he suspects the governor will sign it. The current version has saliva testing, which has been a must-have provision Scott said needed to be included.

If he does sign it, it will still take two or three years to roll out the market.

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