Middlebury is the first town to vote on retail marijuana salesPosted by On

The Champlain Valley Dispensary shop offers medical marijuana products. CVD website

Middlebury is the first Vermont municipality to authorize a vote on whether to allow retail sales of marijuana starting in 2022. 

The town selectboard decided unanimously Tuesday to put the question on the Town Meeting Day ballot for voters to decide on March 2. 

In October, Gov. Phil Scott allowed a bill to become law that establishes a regulatory market for marijuana in Vermont. 

Marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell the drug directly to the general public as early as October 2022. Currently, Vermont has five marijuana dispensaries which only offer products to consumers with a state-issued card who have an allowed medical condition. Under the law, existing medical dispensaries can start selling to the public as early as May 2022. 

Municipal voters must authorize retail sales shops in each town. 

Board members put the question on the ballot so that residents wouldn’t need to collect petition signatures during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Brian Carpenter, chair of Middlebury’s selectboard.

Residents can place measures on the town meeting ballot if they collect signatures from at least 5% of the town’s registered voters. 

“I asked the board to support it because I felt that the right thing to do was to engage the town early and give everybody an opportunity to…

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