Vermont State Decriminalization Act 86

Montpelier, VT: The Governor has informed the House that on the January 22, 2018, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title: H. 511. An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. Act No. 86 (). Crimes and criminal procedure; marijuana An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older This act removes civil and criminal penalties for possession of one ounce of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants…
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GROUP URGES VERMONT TO LOOK AT HEALTH EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Burlington, VT: A major public health group is urging lawmakers to consider the health risks associated with legalizing marijuana. The Vermont chapter of the American Public Health Association, the VtPHA, released a list of policy proposals Wednesday, that officials say will help curb negative effects of using pot and steer the legislative debate toward health concerns. VtPHA recommends that the state restrict marijuana use in public places; set standards for licensed retailers; place clear limits on intoxication levels for drugged driving; and hire sufficient personnel to adequately regulate the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana. Several of the VtPHA’s more …
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Vermont Considering Marijuana Legalization As Momentum Builds

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo a marijuana plant grows in a growing room at the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, in Providence, Rhode Island officials say revenues from taxing and regulating medical marijuana have been lower than projected in the two years that dispensaries have been legal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Vermont House speaker and now gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith has come out in favor of the legalization of  marijuana and says he'll push for a bill in the 2016 session. By JANE LINDHOLM & SAM GALE ROSEN; Share More: 
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Bernie Sanders Will Consider Legalizing Marijuana If Elected President

While never making marijuana policy a major part of his policy platform in the past, it seemed likely that the progressive Sanders would be a supporter of sensible marijuana laws. Researching his stances, as much as forty years ago, and the fact that his home state of Vermont has been one of the most progressive states on marijuana policy (especially among states without the initiative process), many marijuana law reformers have held out hope that Sanders would be a leader on ending the War on Cannabis. Sanders’ previous statements regarding marijuana have hinted that he would be announcing a progressive…
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VT Growers: Keep recreational pot local

BRATTLEBORO – Vermont marijuana growers and other interested parties urged lawmakers on Monday to take a local approach to legalization of recreational marijuana next year. “A lot of the cannabis in Vermont comes from local people, and it’s some of the best in the world,” said Stuart Savel of Brattleboro. “To reinvent the wheel and say now, we are going to teach people how to do it and start anew is in a sense throwing away the baby with the bathwater.” The state needs to promote local cultivation and then come up with a distribution system for growers, Savel said.…
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How To Legalize Marijuana

Montpelier, VT: The RAND Corporation has produced a 218-page report at the request of the Vermont legislature and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) to review the options that Vermont, and other jurisdictions, have to create legalization policies for marijuana. A group of well-established cannabis policy experts from numerous universities were tasked with six basic research questions: What are the decisions confronting jurisdictions that are considering alternatives to traditional marijuana prohibition? How much marijuana is consumed in Vermont? How much does Vermont spend enforcing marijuana prohibition? What does the current scientific literature find about the consequences associated with marijuana consumption? How much…
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Vermont: Majority Supports Regulating Retail Marijuana Sales

Montpelier, VT: A strong majority of Vermonters support regulating the commercial production and retail sales of marijuana for adults, according to a statewide Castleton Polling Institute surveycommissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that they support "changing Vermont law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, so retailers would be licensed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older." Only 34 percent of those surveyed opposed the notion of legalization. The Castleton poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Within the past few months, separate statewide polls in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia,Hawaii,…
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Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For Marijuana Possession Offenses

Montpelier, VT: Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation into laweliminating criminal penalties for adults who possess personal use amounts of cannabis and/or hashish. The new law amends penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by a person 21 years of age or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine) to a civil fine only - no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record. The law also decriminalizes possession of less than five grams of hashish. Vermont's new law is similar to existing 'decriminalization'…
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