A few days ago we asked “How can they say no?” and the question was how could the Legislature possibly refuse to even look at the revenue potential of marijuana legalization.
You see, right now, marijuana growers in Vermont are getting a huge tax break by escaping both sales and income taxes on their sales, and a cadre of House members thought it would be a good idea to put a stop to this and start collecting money to help balance the state budget. An amendment was proposed to the miscellaneous tax bill, it garnered over fifty cosponsors, it even gained the support of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
So what happened when it got to the floor?
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I wasn't there but by the outcome I have to figure that the amendment's supporters didn't have the votes to override the Speaker's ruling.
Of course, we do have a bicameral legislature, and I understand there is support in the Senate, so we'll keep watching this one.