The bill that would legalize a retail cannabis market in Vermont is on the move.
After a few days of review, the 11 members of the House Government Operations Committee voted unanimously on Friday to move the measure back to the Ways and Means Committee. The tally was significant in one respect: Rep. Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden), the lone Gov Ops Committee member to vote against the bill last session, approved it this time around.
Among the incorporated changes was a rule that will prohibit cannabis cultivation operations from claiming farming exemptions from local zoning ordinances. That rule, reports our Colin Flanders, is intended to give municipalities more control over where cannabis growers set up shop.
It remains to be seen if that regulation will make it into the final bill. But Friday's vote, the second time the measure has moved this session, gives us a clearer sense of the roadmap for its passage.