About S.54

Check out this handy summary of the bill’s key provisions. You can read the full text of the bill at the bottom of this page, but key elements include:

  • Cannabis Control Board. The Cannabis Control Board would regulate and license adult-use cannabis businesses.
  • License types. The board would license retailers, cultivators, product manufacturers, wholesalers, labs, and integrated licenses.
  • Environmental standards. The board will recommend to the legislature requirements for environmental standards.
  • Promoting Small Businesses and Vermont Control. The board must establish a system of socially and economically just prioritization.
  • Taxation and Distributing the Revenue. Adult-use cannabis sales would be subject to a 16% excise tax on retail sales.
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What Can I Do?

Vermont Legislator Lookup

Find your representative’s contact info using the Vermont Legislature’s handy search tool. Don’t forget to check out our step-by-step guide below!

Talking to Your Legislator

Step-by-Step Guide

  1.  Look up your local reps by going to the Vermont General Assembly site above and typing in your town. You will be able to find detailed information legislators, including email.
  2. The bill has already been passed by the Senate, so we recommend focusing on your House reps.
  3. Call the State House(802) 828-2228 during normal business hours between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – the State House Sergeant-at-Arms will direct your call to the appropriate place.
  4. Even if you reach a staff member or a voicemail, leave a message with your intended statement.
  5. Identify yourself as a constituent and which town you are in.
  6. State your position on the bills up for consideration. There’s a sample statement below, but know that it’s always best to put the message in your own words and include your own personal story. Legislators know the difference between your authentic voice and the exact same message repeated a dozen times.

“Hi, my name is Mary Jane and I’m a constituent from (TOWN). I’m calling today to urge you to continue to move S.54 forward by voting YES. The majority of Vermont voters support legalization, and we encourage you to vote with the interests of Vermonters in mind. Thanks very much for your time.”

Remember that legislators are just like you. They’re your friends and neighbors. So be yourself, be polite, and be honest about your experiences and your reasons for your position. Facts are important, but personal stories are more effective than lectures.

Op-Ed

Why #LEGALIZEVT?

Economic Benefits

By implementing sensible regulations and taxes, Vermont will ensure not only that licensed retailers supercede criminal traffickers, but that sufficient revenues are collected so that – in addition to the many other benefits associated with regulation – legal cannabis is a self-sustaining, net contributor to the state’s budget.

We advocate for a focus on small, locally-owned, organic grows which strengthen the local economy and apply Vermont’s well-developed and highly respected agricultural, locally made craft brand to cannabis plants and products.

Social Justice

Cannabis has been a key driver of mass criminalization in this country, and each year hundreds of thousands of mostly black and brown people have their lives and communities adversely impacted by cannabis arrests, convictions, and incarcerations.

We advocate for deep commitment to social justice, including provisions to expunge previous cannabis convictions and ensure that women, people of color, and economically disadvantaged individuals have a fair opportunity to start and build cannabis and cannabis-related businesses.

Sustainability

We advocate for strong environmental protections that support reduced energy use, conserve water, stringently limit the use of pesticides and non-organic nutrients, and prevent the cannabis industry from contributing to plastic pollution and the overall stream of solid waste.

Learn Even More.

Helpful information, grow tips, recipes, cannabinoid basics and more. Explore our #CannaCurious section today.

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“I got tired of taking all these pills that weren’t working, so I asked for my medical marijuana card. It was life-changing.” — Vanessa Thomas

 

 

 

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If you have thoughts you’d like to share with the Heady Vermont community, or a story about your experience with cannabis that you think would be valuable for people to hear, feel free to send us your letters and op-eds by emailing info@headyvermont.com. We welcome your contributions!

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S.54: Read the Bill

Full text of S.54 as passed by the Vermont Senate: