Vermont AG supports regulating marijuana sales

In this Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 photo a bud tender prepares marijuana for a customer at Med Men a dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif. A group of Democratic state lawmakers are proposing major tax cuts for the marijuana industry to jump-start's California's sluggish legal marketplace. The bill Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland and others introduced Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 would for the next three years eliminate the state's $148 per pound cultivation tax and reduce the state's 15 percent excise tax on retail sales to 11 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
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A bud tender prepares marijuana for a customer at MedMen, a dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced his support for a bill taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Democrat spoke during a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, saying ‘‘we can’t tell Vermonters that they can possess and be silent on how you obtain it.’’

Donovan cited the recent arrest of a Burlington store owner accused of selling marijuana from the store, saying a regulated system is ‘‘about protecting consumers and protecting kids.’’


An administration spokesperson tells NECN that Governor Phil Scott still wants roadway safety to be a regular part of marijuana discussions.

Senator Dick Sears, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, says he is hopeful the House will look favorably on the bill as a ‘‘vehicle to bring Vermont forward.’’