A bill that would allow police to test a driver’s saliva for marijuana is being considered by Vermont lawmakers as the state prepares to legalize the drug.
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It appears the Vermont government is operating smoothly thanks to some extra green, causing state lawmakers to defend the risky move.
Vermont Colleges and universities will not be changing their marijuana policies, despite the recent bill passage to legalize the drug.
While the Keystone State’s medical marijuana program has only just begun, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is ready for Pennsylvania legalization to tap into the recreational market to benefit the state budget, reduce the costs associated with simple possession arrests, curb the opioid epidemic and create jobs.
The Green Mountain State just got a little bit greener as Vermont recreational marijuana is now a reality. On Jan. 22, 2018, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed H. 511, legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. This makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first state to do so via the state legislature instead of a ballot initiative.
MONTPELIER, VT, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott officially signed a bill into law that makes marijuana legal for adults in Vermont.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation today allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants. Vermont joins eight other U.S. states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State – as well as Washington, D.C., that have ended the prohibition of marijuana.
MONTPELIER, Vermont, Jan. 22, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Governor Phil Scott has signed H. 511, An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older, into law.
Could New York become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? On Jan. 16, 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his proposed FY 2019 state budget, which includes funding for the creation of a feasibility study aimed at understanding the social, health, and criminal justice impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
Recreational marijuana is coming to the state of Vermont. On Jan. 10, 2017, the Vermont Senate voted to approve H. 511, a bill that will legalize recreational marijuana possession for adults 21 and older, as well as home growing of two mature plants and four immature plants.
MONTPELIER, Jan. 10, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today the Senate passed H.511, a bill legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis for Vermonters over the age of 21. This follows growing public support and more than 17 years of work in the Vermont legislature.
On Jan. 4, 2018, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to approved H. 511, a bill legalizing recreational cannabis in the state.
MONTPELIER, Jan 4., 2018 /Weed Wire/ MONTPELIER — A Senate-approved bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont was passed by the Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday with minor amendments.
Vermont legislators are on the fast track to legalize recreational marijuana. On Jan. 4, 2018, the state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve H. 511, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
After four of five statewide marijuana legalization ballot initiatives were approved by voters in 2016, no additional states ended cannabis prohibition in 2017 (though New Hampshire did decriminalize possession of the drug and West Virginia allowed its medical use).
Vermont appears poised to become the next state to legalize marijuana. And, according to top elected officials, it is likely to do so within a matter of weeks.
WATERBURY, Vt., Sept. 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has conditionally approved PhytoScience Institute, LLC as the fifth marijuana dispensary. This past legislative session, the General Assembly increased the number of authorized marijuana dispensaries from four to five with the passage of Act 65 (2017).
On Sept. 7, 2017, Gov. Phil Scott signed Executive Order 15-17, officially launching the Vermont Marijuana Advisory Commission. The commission will explore several options concerning how to successfully legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Governor Phil Scott today issued Executive Order 15-17, establishing the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission, charged with recommending a comprehensive approach to addressing health, safety, regulatory and infrastructure needs when considering legalized marijuana use.
On Aug. 7, 2017, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would soon convene a blue ribbon panel to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana.
While recreational legalization failed recently in the Green Mountain State, the Vermont medical marijuana program is still making progress.
Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana is legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.
Vermont just might get another chance at legalizing recreational marijuana. According to the Associated Press, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has said that he still thinks it’s possible to reach a legalization deal before the legislature meets for a special two-day veto session.
MONTPELIER, VT., May 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Republican Gov. Phil Scott today Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana.
May 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered “a path forward” for passing it later this year.
On May 24, 2017, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed recreational marijuana legalization. Scott announced his decision during a press conference, citing concerns over health and public safety as his main reasons for vetoing S. 22, the legalization legislation that had been approved by the state legislature.
MONTPELIER, V.T., May 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state legislators and is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott.
MONTPELIER, VT., May 8, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Friday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018.
On May 2, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 75-71 to approve H.170, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana statewide.
On April 21, 2017, the Vermont Senate voted 21-9 to approve H.308, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
On March 22, 2017, the Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to advance H. 170, a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the state.
MONTPELIER, Vt., March 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The state House Judiciary Committee approved a bill 8-3 Wednesday that would make personal possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.
Vermont lawmakers are taking another crack at legalizing recreational marijuana. Introduced by Reps. Maxine Grad, Charles Conquest and Thomas Burditt, H. 170 would take a more reserved approach to legalization than previous legislative efforts.
MONTPELIER, Vt., Jan. 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A renewed push to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont kicked off Wednesday with a news conference at the State House.
On Jan. 3, 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to 192 individuals who had previously been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.
On Dec. 8, 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that Vermonters convicted of marijuana possession of up to one ounce can apply to have their convictions pardoned.
Voters in Massachusetts and Maine legalized marijuana on Nov. 8, 2016, becoming the first two states east of the Rockies to do so. The results from Massachusetts’s Question 4 were announced before midnight on Election Day, while the outcome of Maine’s Question 1 remained undetermined until early the next morning.
Steve Marchand, a Democratic candidate for governor in New Hampshire, advocates legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older in his state, according to an August 2, 2016, article in the Concord Monitor. Marchand said full legalization could generate $30 million in revenues, based upon figures from other states like Colorado.
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On June 6, 2016, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed S. 14, a law that permits medical marijuana access for state residents under hospice care, as well as access to those with glaucoma or chronic pain.
On May 3, 2016, the Vermont House of Representatives voted against legislative efforts for both legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in the state. Rejected efforts included: legalized possession of one ounce or less, a nonbinding referendum on pot, and decriminalization that would replace criminal charges with fines.
On April 5, 2016, the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana began airing a new television ad across the state proclaiming that “Vermont is ready” to end prohibition and regulate marijuana.
As more and more states more toward legalizing medical marijuana, cannabis is becoming a respected option to treat pain, inflammation and other maladies. Despite this growing acceptance, traditional delivery systems such as smoking and consuming edibles may not fit the needs of all consumers interested in the benefits of medical marijuana.
Recreational marijuana is on the cusp of becoming legal in the state of Vermont. On Feb. 25, 2016, the Vermont Senate voted 17-12 to approve S.241, a bill which would legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts.
Weekly CannaBit for the week of Feb. 22, 2016: Alaska has the highest electricity rates among the markets where adult use of marijuana is currently legal and the seven states most likely to legalize in 2016.
The Vermont Senate Appropriations Committee has cleared SB 137, a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts.
On Jan. 29, 2016, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 to move a bill forward that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Cannabis tourism without cannabis clubs might strike some as the quintessential definition of a lost business opportunity.
On Jan. 7, 2016, during his final state of the state address, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his support for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Shumlin criticized the war on drugs, calling it “outdated” and “failed,” and stressed the need to end black market marijuana sales.
Marijuana activists and political junkies can barely wait for 2016 to begin, and the list-making has been in full flower for months. But full adult-use legalization may depend as much on the nuts and bolts of petition deadlines or legislative calendars as it does on history, social attitudes and the state of medical marijuana regulation.