Vermont H.270: Miscellaneous Cannabis Bill Summary

Heady Vermont Staff 29 Mar 2023

H.270: An act relating to miscellaneous amendments to the adult-use and medical cannabis programs

H.270 was introduced for the first time in February of 2023 by Representatives Birong of Vergennes and McCarthy of St. Albans City.

UPDATE Monday, May 15 2023: A reconciled version of the bill passed the House and Senate, which managed to hang onto major proposals regulating all cultivators as agriculture, and earmarking an additional $500,000 for the Cannabis Business Development Fund. 

This bill will:

  • repeal the Cannabis Control Board Advisory Committee;
  • repeal the sunset of the Cannabis Control Board;
  • permit a packaged cannabis product to have a maximum of 100 milligrams of THC;
  • create a new cannabis propagation license;
  • eliminate the requirement that a patient diagnosed with PTSD be engaged with psychotherapy or counseling with a licensed mental health care provider to qualify for the Registry;
  • increase the number of cannabis plants a registered patient or the patient’s caregiver may cultivate;
  • eliminate the requirement that caregivers be fingerprinted and have a criminal history record check but require that the Board check the caregivers’ names against the Child Protection Registry maintained by the Department for Children and Families and against the Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Registry maintained by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living;
  • allow a caregiver to serve two patients;
  • eliminate the Registry annual renewal fee for patients who have a qualifying condition other than chronic pain and for the caregivers who serve those patients;
  • allow licensed cannabis establishment to do business with any other licensed cannabis establishment;
  • clarify that licensed cannabis establishments are not required to obtain a license from the Department of Liquor and Lottery to sell tobacco paraphernalia;
  • establish three new positions within the Cannabis Control Board for the Cannabis Quality Control Program and appropriate $850,000.00 for those positions and equipment.

Summary and bill status of Vermont H.270

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