Marijuana Opponents Call on Vermont to Outlaw Gifts by Businesses

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of legal cannabis want Vermont’s Attorney General to explicitly prevent businesses from gifting marijuana.

Democratic Attorney General T.J. Donovan could unveil guidance the week of July 23, 2018, on what critics call a loophole in Vermont’s marijuana legalization law. Recreational marijuana became legal in July 18 in Vermont, the ninth state to legalize it.

Adults ages 21 and older will be able to possess up to 1 ounce, or 28.35 grams, of marijuana, two mature marijuana plants, and four immature plants.

The new law doesn’t set up a system to tax or regulate the production of cannabis. With no provisions for marijuana shops, users must grow it themselves or buy it from illicit dealers.

Critics such Physicians, Friends and Families for a Better Vermont say Vermont must prevent businesses from gifting marijuana and charging fees.

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