Now that the law allowing personal possession and cultivation is in effect, it’s time for the legislature to begin moving forward with plans to regulate and tax cannabis production and sale for adults 21 and older.
Talking Points – Ending Prohibition and Regulating Cannabis for Adult Use
— Marijuana prohibition has failed. The Rand Corporation’s report for Vermont found that around 80,000 Vermonters use marijuana on a monthly basis, and that they spend approximately $175 million each year buying marijuana from the illicit market. This is money that could instead be going to regulated Vermont businesses that will not sell to underage consumers or introduce their customers to dangerous drugs such as heroin. [Source: Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions, Rand Corporation, 2015]
— Fifty-five percent of Vermonters support making marijuana legal for adults, while only 32% are opposed. [Source: Castleton Polling Institute, February 2016)
— Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s and 1930s. Most Americans agree it is time to replace this failed policy with a more sensible approach. [An October 2018 Gallup poll found 66% support for legalization.]
— By regulating cannabis similarly to alcohol, we can take sales out of the hands of illicit drug dealers and put them behind the counters of state-licensed businesses that are creating legitimate jobs and paying taxes.
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Community organizations, businesses, unions, civil rights groups, and faith-based groups all have an interest in taking marijuana out of the illicit market and regulating it. Why not raise the issue with any group you belong to? Email us at email@example.com to let us know if you would like our help working on an endorsement.