Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Advances; New Poll Shows Strong Public Support

Posted March 24, 2017

Out-of-state visitors would be allowed to purchase marijuana under this bill, but would not be permitted to take it across state lines.

Some residents seem to be backing this proposed legislation.

If passed, IL residents would be allowed to grow up to five plants and possess about an ounce of marijuana.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Heather Steans, who introduced the senate bill, says instead of the money spent on marijuana going into the pockets of criminals, in a regulated system it would go into the cash registers of licensed, taxpaying businesses.

This would be at a tax rate of 50-dollars per ounce at the wholesale level. Officials also say marijuana would also be taxed at the wholesale and retail level under the legislation, which could generate between $349 million and $699 million per year in revenue for IL.

While introducing the identical bills, Steans told the General Assembly Wednesday that legalizing recreational use of marijuana was the next step.

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Bills introduced in both chambers of the IL legislature this week seek to make it legal for adults (21 and over) to possess, grow, and purchase up to 28 grams of marijuana.

The governor's office is reviewing the bills.

"The tax revenue comes right away", Pacula said.

Steans noted, the state of Oregon collected more than $60 million in new revenue from a tax on marijuana - more than six times what the Oregon Liquor Control Commission expected for the 2015-2017 budget period.

Department of Public Heath: 20 percent - This would be divided equally between "evidence-based, voluntary programs for the prevention or treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis abuse" and "a scientifically and medically accurate public education campaign educating youth and adults about the health and safety risks of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis".

In 2016, Rauner signed a bill into law that decriminalized possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana. "It's a realistic approach".