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Jane Pompeo – Vermont House, Caledonia-3

At this point I don’t know what the “Ideal Structure” would look like . There are a variety of models to consider. Currently I believe that if one could purchase recreational marijuana it makes sense to tax and regulate like alcohol and cigarettes.

Heady Vermont Staff
Heady Vermont Staff 5 Aug 2018

What, in your mind, is the ideal structure for a functional legal Tax and Regulate system? How would you work with other branches of government to create this kind of system?
At this point I don’t know what the “Ideal Structure” would look like . There are a variety of models to consider. Currently I believe that if one could purchase recreational marijuana it makes sense to tax and regulate like alcohol and cigarettes.

How would you assess Vermont’s current medical marijuana program? How will you ensure that registered medical patients and caregivers have access to an abundance of high-quality cannabis products priced at or below market rates?
I need to educate myself on what the current medical marijuana program is.
How will you ensure that people who’ve been disproportionately affected by prohibition (such as convicts and People Of Color) will have an equal opportunity to participate in Vermont’s legal cannabis industry? In particular, how will you work for statewide expungement of convictions for possession?
I don’t understand this question. Expungement may be an issue for local restorative justice centers.
How will you make sure that all Vermonters have equal access to joining the legal cannabis industry as small and startup businesses?
Anyone, as far as I know, can go through the process of applying for a permit to open a business and get a permit to grow hemp from the Vermont Department of Agriculture.
Do you think state can sustain both a medical and a recreational program – or would you combine cannabis regulations into one system?
I decline to answer until I have more information.
If tax-and-regulate is passed, how would you prefer to allocate cannabis revenues? To the general fund or to specific causes? If specific, please share any proposals.
Generally it might be a good idea to allocate funds to other causes, my interests would be drug treatment and early childhood education to start.
Would you allow Vermont towns to enact temporary moratoriums or outright bans on legal cannabis businesses?
No

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