Roll Call! Senate Votes To Commercialize Marijuana (23-5)

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S.54 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF CANNABIS

PASSED
in the State Senate on
 February 28, 2019 by a vote of
23-5

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Purpose: To create a regulatory system for the production and sale of marijuana products in Vermont.
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Analysis:  At the time of this vote, recreational marijuana use is legal to Vermonters over the age of 21, who are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as two mature marijuana plants and four immature marijuana plants. This bill would create a taxed and regulated retail market for marijuana sales and distribution. The bill creates the “Cannabis Control Board”, which will sell licenses to Vermont businesses while taxing marijuana sales from said businesses. Five individuals would be selected by our elected officials to serve 3-year terms on the Board. According to the Joint Fiscal Office, a legalized marijuana market would generate between $8.6 – $16.6 million in tax revenue, by the third year of operation.
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Those voting YES believe a regulated marijuana market would reduce illegal sales of marijuana, ensuring users a safe and standardized product. They believe the law should keep up with the widespread marijuana commercialization in other states. Some backed the bill primarily because they believe taxing marijuana could raise significant of tax revenue.
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Those voting NO believe a regulated marijuana market would not raise much revenue for the state. They also worry that increased production of legal marijuana may result in an increased number of car accidents due to driver inebriation. They point to the lack of a scientifically proven test for determining if a driver was under the influence of marijuana.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, February 28, 2019. “Thereupon, the pending question, Shall the bill be amended as recommended by the Committee on Judiciary, as amended?, was decided in the affirmative. Thereupon, third reading of the bill was ordered on a roll call, Yeas 23, Nays 5.” (Read the Journal, p. 212-256)


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) – YES
Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland) – YES
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
James McNeil (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Corey Parent (R-Franklin) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – ABSENT
Andrew Perchlik (D-Washington) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – ABSENT
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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