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Vermont House passes bill to legalize, regulate cannabis sales!

Attend your town meeting next week and speak to your representatives about their votes on S. 54!

Yesterday, in a historic 90-54 vote, the Vermont House approved the bill to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales. S. 54 passed in a final voice vote today, and it will now return to the Senate. Next, we expect the Senate will work with the House to resolve differences before sending a final version of the bill to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.

Since the House did not pass S. 54 by a veto-proof majority, it’s especially important that we thank the representatives who voted in favor and speak to those who voted “no.” The legislature is off for Town Meeting next week, so that will be an ideal time for you to speak with your state legislators. Please take a moment to see how your representative(s) voted and plan to attend your town’s meeting on Tuesday, March 3!

If you’re not able to speak to your representative(s) in person, you can look them up here and either email or call them to follow up on their votes.

You can read an updated summary of the bill here.

Vermonters have already waited far too long for legal, regulated sales of cannabis. Please share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont: House vote on legalizing, regulating cannabis sales expected this week — act now!

Bill passes final committee — urge your representatives to vote in favor.

Today, Vermont’s House Appropriations Committee approved S. 54 in a 6-5 vote. The bill to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales appears likely to receive a vote in the full House later this week.

Please contact your representatives now and ask for their support!

The House has amended the bill, including by changing the tax rate to a flat 20% (in the Senate’s version, it’s 16% plus a 2% local option tax), but none of the House’s changes should be considered final. Assuming the bill passes the House, it will proceed to a conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will work to resolve their differences and agree on a single version of the bill to send to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.

You can read an updated summary of the bill here.

Vermonters have already waited far too long for legal, regulated sales of cannabis. After you contact your representatives, please share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont legalization bill passes another committee

Urge your representatives to support S. 54!

The Vermont Ways and Means Committee approved S. 54 this week in an 8-3 vote. The bill to legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales appears likely to receive a vote in the full House within the next couple of weeks.

Please contact your representatives now and ask for their support!

The House has amended the bill, including by changing the tax rate to a flat 20% (in the Senate’s version, it’s 16% plus a 2% local option tax), but none of the changes are final. Assuming the bill passes the House, it will proceed to a conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will work to resolve their differences and agree on a single version of the bill to send to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk.

You can read an updated summary of the bill here.

Vermonters have already waited far too long for legal, regulated sales of cannabis. After you contact your representatives, please share this message with your family and friends!

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REMINDER: Join us for a cannabis advocacy day TOMORROW in Montpelier

The legislative session is beginning, and we need to make sure cannabis regulation is a top priority — write your representatives and urge them to support S. 54!

The Vermont Legislature convenes tomorrow — Thursday, January 9 — and we will be at the State House to remind legislators that cannabis regulation should be a top priority in 2020. All members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana are encouraged to join us in Montpelier as we encourage legislators to pass S. 54.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Cannabis Advocacy Day

WHERE: Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier

WHEN: 8-10 a.m., State House Cafeteria, 2nd Floor — Informal meet-and-greet breakfast with legislators. Complimentary coffee, bagels, and pastries will be served.
11 a.m., Cedar Creek Room, 2nd Floor — Press conference with legislators and advocates.

WHO: Supporters of S. 54 — Please RSVP here.

If you’re coming to Montpelier, it may be a good idea to reach out to your representatives in advance to ask if they’re available to meet with you while you’re in Montpelier. You can find your representatives’ contact info here.

You can read a summary of the bill, as approved by the House Government Operations Committee, here.

If you haven’t already done so, please email your representatives now and ask for their support. Then, share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont: Legislative session kicks off next week!

Join us for an advocacy day at the State House on Thursday, January 9 — but first, write your representatives and urge them to support S. 54!

The Vermont Legislature will convene on Thursday, January 9, so what better day to remind legislators that cannabis regulation needs to be a top priority in 2020? All members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana are encouraged to visit the State House that day and join us as we encourage legislators to pass S. 54.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Cannabis Advocacy Day

WHERE: Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT

WHEN: 8-10 a.m., State House Cafeteria, 2nd Floor — Informal meet-and-greet breakfast with legislators. Complimentary coffee, bagels, and pastries will be served.
11 a.m., Cedar Creek Room, 2nd Floor — Press conference with legislators and advocates.

WHO: Supporters of S. 54 — Please RSVP here.

You can read a summary of the bill, as approved by the House Government Operations Committee, here.

Please contact your representatives now and ask for their support. Then, share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont: Don’t miss two upcoming events to build momentum for cannabis regulation

Mark your calendar for a panel discussion December 5 and a state house advocacy day on January 9 — then write your representatives and tell them Vermont urgently needs to begin regulating cannabis in early 2020!

The Vermont House of Representatives missed an important opportunity when it adjourned in May without taking action on S. 54, the bill that would legalize and regulate cannabis sales in Vermont. Fortunately, House leaders have said the bill — which has already passed the Senate 23-5 — will be “a top priority” when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Gov. Phil Scott still has not pledged his support for S. 54, so advocates are not taking success in 2020 for granted. To keep the discussion going, Attorney General T.J. Donovan’s office will be hosting a public forum on the issue on Thursday, December 5. Here are the details:

WHAT: Conversation about Cannabis: Lessons from our Neighbors

WHERE:
 Contois Auditorium, 149 Church Street, Burlington

WHEN:
 Thursday, December 5, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

WHO:
 Erik Gunderson, Maine Office of Marijuana Policy
Kevin Conroy, Foley Hoag
Charlotte Hanna, Community Growth Partners
Laura Subin, Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana
Joe Bergeron, Association of Vermont Credit Unions
David Mickenberg, Mickenberg, Dunn, and Smith, PLC

You can read a summary of S. 54, as approved by the House Government Operations Committee, here.

Please also mark your calendars for January 9, 2020. We will be kicking off the legislative session with a lobby day at the State House starting at 8:00 a.m., joined by our allies at Heady Vermont and other key coalition members, and we would love to have you join us. You can RSVP here.

Finally, please contact your representatives now and urge them to support passage of S. 54. Then, share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont: Time is running short!

If you live in Vermont, please email your representatives and call House Speaker Mitzi Johnson’s office and urge her to bring S. 54 to a vote before session ends this week!

S. 54 has already passed the Senate in an overwhelming 23-5 vote, and it has passed the House Government Operations Committee in a 10-1 vote. Unfortunately, we are now racing against the clock. The legislative session is scheduled to end this Friday, and the bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the House.

It is critically important that you email your representatives and call House Speaker Mitzi Johnson’s office today to remind them that this issue is an important priority for Vermonters.

You can read a summary of S. 54, as amended by the House Government Operations Committee, here.

Please share this message with your family and friends and urge them to email their representatives and call the House speaker’s office today!

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Vermont: Bill to regulate cannabis advances in House, but time is running out

If you live in Vermont, email your state representatives today — tell them Vermont needs to finish the job and regulate cannabis in 2019!

The Vermont Senate has already passed S. 54, a bill that would create a regulated and taxed market for adult-use cannabis in Vermont, and last week the House Government Operations Committee voted 10-1 in favor of its passage. The bill is currently being considered by the House Ways and Committee.

Please email your state representatives today and urge them to support regulating cannabis in 2019!

You can read a summary of the bill, as amended by the House Government Operations Committee, here. The legislative session is expected to conclude at the end of next week, so it’s very important that representatives hear from you today.

After you email your state representatives, please share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont House considers bill to regulate and tax cannabis

If you live in Vermont, contact your state representatives today — tell them it’s time for Vermont to finish the job and regulate cannabis in 2019!

The Vermont Senate has already passed S. 54, a bill that would create a regulated and taxed market for adult-use cannabis in Vermont. The bill is now being considered by the House Government Operations Committee and other House committees.

Please email your state representatives today and urge them to support regulating cannabis in 2019!

You can read a summary of the bill, as it was approved by the Senate, here.

After you email your state representatives, please share this message with your family and friends!

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Vermont Senate passes bill to regulate and tax cannabis!

If you live in Vermont, contact your state representatives today — tell them it's time for Vermont to finish the job and regulate cannabis in 2019!

Today, the Vermont Senate passed S. 54 in a 23-5 vote. This bill would create a regulated and taxed market for cannabis in Vermont, allowing adults 21 and older to buy cannabis from retail stores instead of the illicit market.

Please email your state representatives today and urge them to support regulating cannabis in 2019!

You can read a summary of the bill here.

After you email your state representatives, please share this message with your family and friends and encourage them to join the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana!

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