Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Voices Support for Taxing and Regulating Cannabis

January 31, 2019

Contact: David Scherr, Community Justice Division, Chief, 802-828-3171

Attorney General Donovan testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee who is taking testimony on a bill that would establish a regulatory system for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products in Vermont. Attorney General Donovan voiced strong support for a system to tax and regulate the sale of cannabis and cannabis products. The bill is S.54, an act relating to the regulation of cannabis.

In his testimony, Attorney General Donovan raised concerns of how an unregulated system could potentially harm consumers. “It is time to acknowledge the reality that we can’t continue to tell Vermonters that the possession of marijuana is legal but remain silent on how to obtain it,” Attorney General Donovan said. “Regulations will protect kids and consumers. I support the Legislature’s efforts to give Vermonters the information and tools to make informed decisions as consumers.”

In 2018 the Vermont Legislature passed a bill that legalized the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products while prohibiting the purchase and sale of these products. The law did not create a commercial marketplace.

Last modified: January 31, 2019