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The Vermont House will, in a few minutes, take up final approval of the #cannabis legalization bill. You can stream live audio at vpr dot org #vtpoli
Four amendments have been offered today:
1) Requiring public disclosure of identity of all investors, instead of just controlling shareholders
2) Eliminating a subsidy of lab test fees for medical dispensaries
3) Banning advertisements
And 4) Allowing unconstitutional warrantless mandatory collection of saliva by police
Gov. Scott has pressed the legislature to amend the bill to no longer require police to obtain a warrant before forcing Vermonters to provide their bodily fluids.

This would flagrantly violate Vermont's constitution.

Somehow, he's considered a "nice guy".
Debate begins with Cynthia Browning's amendment on ownership disclosures.
Rep. Kimbell, speaking for the Commerce committee, rises to oppose the amendment. He explains the bill's very strict ownership limitations, broad public disclosure requirements, and broad definition of control.
Kimbell: Committee felt that the bill already requires broad public disclosure of anyone with real influence over a licensee.
In two committee votes, the amendment was found unfavorable, by a combined 19-1.
Traditionally, that kind of committee vote spells certain doom for an amendment.
Browning seems to acknowledge that requiring disclosure is not sufficient because people can just cheat and not disclosure, which is why we need her amendment to require disclosure?
Vote will be taken by division (people standing). Appears less than 1/3 of the body is standing in support.
And now about 2/3 are standing in opposition.
48-93 rejection
Rep. Savage will now present his blissfully short amendment.
Savage has withdrawn his amendment and is offering a substitute amendment in it place.

This amendment would specify that if the state tests medical marijuana dispensary products, the testing fees would be paid through license fees, not DPS's regulatory budget.
Currently, the state does not test medical marijuana dispensary products.

If the MMJ dispensaries want to sell to the public through "integrated" license, they would have to obtain independent (not state) testing.
So this is a bit of an edge case.
Amendment carries by unanimous voice vote.

Donohue amendment banning cannabis advertisements is next.
The Senate has previously considered banning cannabis advertisements, and determined that it would violate 1st amendment rights.
Donohue, who has voted against homegrow rights, is now speaking about her "libertarian tendencies" 🙄
Donohue voted No yesterday. Now saying that she would support the bill with an advertisement ban.
Donahue, Esq., now reciting her view of 1st Amendment treatment of commercial speech.
Roughly 10% of the body is currently paying attention to this mini-filibuster.
Donahue acknowledges that the provision might not survive court review, urges the body to do it anyway.
I'm not a fan of advertisements.

I think the existing language in the bill, requiring advertisement approval and imposing a fee, will actually do a better job of stopping advertisements than a ban that, IMO, will get tossed in court.
Gannon: Gov Ops committee reviewed with counsel, and voted favorably 11-0
Amendment passes without objection.
Finally, an amendment from Rep. Dickinson of St. Albans Town, to allow unconstitutional seizures of your bodily fluids by police officers.

I await a claim of libertarianism...
Y'all we are about to get some serious Nader Hashim floor action. I'm psyched, I picked him up on the waiver wire in my fantasy legislature pool last night.
Roll call has been requested on this amendment. If you had 2:30 on "when will this pass" pool, you lose.
Gannon up to argue against the amendment.

Says DRE's are much more accurate than current saliva testing technology.
Gannon: roadside saliva tests are not accurate or reliable.
Gov Ops committee rejected amendment 7-3
Rep. Dr. Till: "This is a spectacularly bad idea."
Till is going through an example of how "low" false positive rates can propagate into alarmingly high error rates.
Till is pissed.
Hashim is up now, just destroying everything in his path.
Hashim is the only person in this room who's actually been involved in DUI enforcement -- as a former VSP State Trooper and trained DRE.
Hashim: NHTSA has noted that saliva testing technology is neither reliable nor accurate.
Hashim: If law enforcement is going to have new tools to keep us safe, we should make sure those tools are accurate and reliable.
Roll call starts. Be back soon. Feels like it's going down hard.
Amendment fails 27-117
Now we are to the final vote.

Passes by voice vote!
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