by Michael Bielawski
Earlier this month the state finance department dipped its hands into the medical marijuana reserves and pulled out $300,000 from a $500,000 balance to mitigate the pains of a $30 million general fund deficit.
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman was not impressed. “When you take those fees from people who are sick and have paid to have a license to be able to get medicine that still costs them significantly more because insurance doesn’t cover it, it’s already expensive and hard for folks to pay for.”
Such a move has some wondering why there continues to be no concrete plan in place for a tax-and-regulate market for legal recreational marijuana, which is set to go into effect this July. Zuckerman said studies suggest Vermont’s marijuana market is estimated somewhere in the realm of $100 million to $200 million.
Rep. Sam Young, D-Glover, is sponsoring a bill that would do just that, in addition to setting up licensing requirements and education. Young said the odds of anything getting done this legislative session are not great, but he shared what