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Vermont Town Meeting Day will decide issues large and small

March 2, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — It’s Town Meeting Day in VermontTuesday and communities across the state are deciding issues as varied as local budgets to electing officials to deciding whether to host businesses that will sell recreational marijuana.

Town Meeting is different this year. Rather than gathering at town halls or school gymnasiums, many communities decided to use pre-printed ballots because of the dangers posed by gatherings during the pandemic. Those votes will be counted after the polls close at 7 p.m.

And many communities sent those ballots to voters before Tuesday’s voting.

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Mayoral races are also being held in Burlington and Rutland.

Dozens of communities are deciding whether to host businesses that will sell recreational marijuana beginning in 2022.

Recreational marijuana has been legal since 2018, but there has been no mechanism for the sale or taxation of the substance.

Approval by communities would allow businesses to seek a state license to sell or cultivate cannabis, beginning in 2022. A state board would then review and approve license requests.