Middlebury retail cannabis talk set for Feb. 9

MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Middlebury selectboard will host an informational meeting on a Town Meeting Day referendum that, if passed by local voters, would send a signal to entrepreneurs the county’s shire town is open to hosting cannabis retail stores in the future. The hour-long informational meeting is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. as part of the regularly scheduled selectboard gathering. It will include participation of local attorney and Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman — who spearhead … (read more)

Brandon eyes retail marijuana

BRANDON — The select board here has approved the Town Meeting Day warning, which will include an article asking voters if they will authorize retail marijuana sales in town. But before anyone gets too pleased or panicked, depending on which side of the is … (read more)

Vergennes to vote on retail marijuana

VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will decide on Town Meeting Day whether to allow legal retail marijuana sales within their city — subject to future city ordinances and zoning permits for any shops. At its Tuesday, Jan. 12, meeting, the Vergennes City Coun … (read more)

Editorial: Retailing cannabis will help Middlebury’s downtown prosper

Should the town of Middlebury allow the operation of cannabis retailers pursuant to state law and subject to local zoning ordinances and appropriate town regulations? Absolutely. And passing such a measure at this year’s town meeting is the right time to … (read more)

House passes bill to regulate and tax pot

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. The chamber, as expected, then gave final approval to the measure on Thursday, Feb. 27. The move comes a yea … (read more)

House to consider pot marketplace, taxation law

MONTPELIER — The House Ways and Means Committee advanced legislation this past Wednesday that would legalize a marketplace for marijuana and set a 20% combined tax rate on sales of the substance. The action means the bill, S.54, will likely see a full vot … (read more)

Greg Dennis: Why marijuana is the new zucchini

The old joke goes that the only time you need to lock your car doors in Vermont is during the summer, because if you leave your car unlocked someone will fill it with extra zucchini from their garden. Now there’s a new plant that’s becoming just as common … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Address vaping; pass pot bill

Burying one’s head in the sand is rarely an effective strategy for dealing with a problem. But that’s exactly what Vermont’s top officials are doing when it comes to the emerging epidemic of vaping-related lung disease that has hospitalized hundreds natio … (read more)

United Way bags $1.29M grant to battle drugs

ADDISON COUNTY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has won a five-year, $1.29 million federal grant to create more programming to reduce local youths’ use of alcohol and marijuana. And United Way officials stressed the target population — children i … (read more)