Cannabis retailers to be on Burlington’s March ballot

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Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 10:31 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington voters will decide on Town Meeting Day whether Burlington cannabis retailers will be allowed in the city once a market is established.

The City Council voted unanimously to put the question on the March ballot. Councilor Chip Mason recused himself from voting.

Per the state’s law, medical dispensaries are allowed to begin sales in May 2022. No one else can open until October 2022.

Burlington’s ballot question lays out a market that would launch in October.

City councilors say that’s to level the playing field and to allow smaller businesses to get up to speed on the rules and regulations before opening.

If approved, some of the local-option tax money from cannabis sales will assist Black and other BIPOC businesses and social support networks.

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