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House OK's bill that would redo recreational marijuana law

House OK's bill that would redo recreational marijuana law

A bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state's voters in November cleared the House late Wednesday. But after quick objections to the bill - and an issue with how it was written - Speaker Bob Deleo delayed that vote.

"You want to be high when you're starting off regulating a new industry, you don't want to be short on revenue", said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mark Cusak of Braintree. We're joined by State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy, who described the problems with the first draft and discussed the looming budget deadline.

Vermont lawmakers once again came close - but once again failed - to pass legislation to legalize marijuana Wednesday during a one-day special veto session.

"Tax rates are negotiable". The current House marijuana law rewrite would increase total taxes on marijuana to 28 percent from the maximum of 12 percent in the ballot law, while the Senate's proposal would keep the tax rate at 12 percent.

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The bill would raise the tax on retail marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28 percent.

"The price differential matters", she said, referring to the difference between the black market price and the legal retail price of cannabis.

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Legislators, even those who opposed marijuana legalization, have repeatedly promised to respect the will of voters.

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Scott's main concerns with the previous bill were a lack of specific details pertaining to punishments for people who give or sell cannabis to minors, those consuming cannabis while operating a motor vehicle or driving under the influence of marijuana, and the ability for police to confiscate cannabis from offenders possessing more than the legally allowed amount, or consuming it in a restricted area. Their bill is wrong on taxes, wrong on local control, weak on social justice and irresponsible on regulatory efficiency. It also would have created a commission to develop plans to regulate marijuana. Instead, the House bill implements "virtual separation", a system that allows medical and recreational users to shop at the same facilities and distinguishes between medical and recreational marijuana at the register.

A three-quarters vote of the House will be required for the bill to be taken up on Thursday.

The House would have needed to agree to suspend legislative rules so that it could have been considered during the current veto session.

The third significant difference centers around expungement of records for things that are no longer crimes now that marijuana is legal. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will talk to members about the bill Monday and Tuesday, Senate officials said. Now, following a series of meetings and compromises, it appears that Scott will have a second chance at history this week when a newly amended version of the bill lands on his desk by Wednesday.

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Based on input and feedback from members, Jehlen and Rosenberg will determine how to proceed.


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