• May 28, 2024

Lawmakers to Let Vermont Veto of Flavor Ban Stand

 Lawmakers to Let Vermont Veto of Flavor Ban Stand

Credit: Belyay

Credit: Belyay

The governor vetoed a bill last week that would have banned flavored vaping and tobacco products in Vermont, and it appears lawmakers won’t override him.

Gov. Phil Scott expressed concerns about a loss in state revenues. He also argued it would be hypocritical to enact such a ban while Vermont continues to benefit from the sale of flavored cannabis and alcohol products.

It takes a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate to override a veto. And while the bill passed both chambers by wide margins, it never met that threshold, according to media reports. This week, Senator Phil Baruth announced on the Senate floor that the chamber would not attempt an override.

Backers of the legislation, who have pursued the ban for years, say they’ll continue exploring their options.