NEWPORT, Vt. (WCAX) Newport is saying no to marijuana sales. Monday night, the City Council voted to ban selling marijuana or marijuana-infused products in the city, as well as opening dispensaries.
Those things won’t be legal under the law that starts in Vermont July 1, so we wanted to know why the city is taking this pre-emptive measure. Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto says it’s necessary.
“Opening up a marijuana facility for commercialized sale in the city is absolutely 180 degrees opposite of the direction the recovery community wants to go in,” DiSanto said.
DiSanto says the new law taking effect July 1 puts public safety at risk. And while Newport’s new ordinance will not affect people’s ability to possess or use small amounts of marijuana in their own homes, he says it will keep the city safer if there ever is a market for legal weed.
“If every other town in the Northeast Kingdom says they want to be involved in that, that’s fine. What the city of Newport is saying is, we’re not interested in