No Go in New England: Vermont, Maine Won’t OK Marijuana Sales Laws

Bill to tax, regulate marijuana sales dies in Vermont House

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A move by the Vermont Legislature to reconsider a bill to tax and regulate recreational marijuana was short-lived.

The Vermont House on Friday, April 28, killed the proposal for a year. A coalition of House lawmakers had been pushing for legislation that would create a market for commercial marijuana sales.

Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that will legalize possession of marijuana in small amounts starting July 1.

The new law allows residents to cultivate up to two personal cannabis plants. The law retains criminal penalties for large-scale cultivation and sales.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoes retail marijuana bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill governing the retail sale of cannabis in Maine.

LePage said cannabis users will simply turn to existing medical marijuana rules to avoid paying additional fees imposed by lawmakers on recreational marijuana.

LePage vetoed a similar proposal last year.

Lawmakers were scheduled to return Wednesday, May 2, 2018, for a vote to override his veto.

Supporters say the bill provides needed changes to Question 1, the cannabis referendum approved by barely half of voters on Nov. 8, 2016. It eliminates cannabis social clubs, reduces the number of plants that people can have and prohibits sale near schools. It also imposes new fees.

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