Vermont’s primary election is tomorrow

Check out our updated voter guides to learn where candidates for state legislature and governor stand on cannabis regulation! The Vermont state primary election will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14. If you are a Vermont resident and haven’t already voted, please check out our legislative voter guide to learn where candidates for state legislature stand on marijuana policy. Then, please read our guide on the candidates for governor. This Read entire story

Vermont Poised to Become the Ninth State to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults

Vermont is about to make history! A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017. Gov. Scott indicated again after passage that he intends to sign H. 511 into law. H. 511 would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession Read entire story

Vermont Senate Approves Legalization Compromise Bill

For the third time this year, the Vermont Senate has passed a marijuana legalization bill. This time, the bill has been revised to address Gov. Phil Scott’s concerns, and we have good reason to expect that he will sign it when it reaches his desk. Unfortunately, it is not clear at all when the amended bill, H. 511, might receive a vote in the House. The House voted to pass a similar bill earlier this year, so there is little question that H. 511 Read entire story

Vermont Governor Vetoes Legalization, but Offers ‘Path Forward’

On Wednesday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed a bill that would have made marijuana legal for adults in Vermont, but offered “a path forward” for passing it later this year. He specified a handful of changes that would need to be made for him to support the measure and said he believes the legislature has time to incorporate them and enact a revised version during the summer veto session. MPP’s Matt Simon responded in a press release: We are Read entire story

Vermont Legalization Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk

On Thursday, Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill was delivered to the desk of Governor Phil Scott. He will now have five days to decide whether to sign S. 22 into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. In its final version, S. 22 would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, two or fewer mature plants, and four or fewer immature plants, effective on July 1, 2018. The bill would also Read entire story

Vermont Legislature Votes to Legalize Marijuana

Today, the Vermont Legislature became the first state legislature in the nation to approve a marijuana legalization bill and send it to a governor’s desk! The House voted 79-66 to concur with the Senate’s amendment to S. 22, which means the next step will be the governor’s office! Governor Phil Scott will have three options when the bill arrives on his desk: sign it into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. The amended Read entire story

Vermont House Moves Legalization Bill Back to Committee

On Tuesday, the Vermont House of Representatives appeared to be ready to pass H. 170, which would legalize marijuana possession and cultivation for adults. Unfortunately, instead of calling for a vote on the floor, House leaders decided to send the bill to the Human Services Committee for further consideration. If you are a Vermont resident, it is critically important that the House speaker’s office hear from you on this issue. Please call the Read entire story

Vermont House Vote Expected on Bill Legalizing Possession and Cultivation

The Vermont House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on H. 170, a bill that would eliminate penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and a small number of plants. The bill is expected to pass the House Judiciary Committee next week, and then it will likely advance to the House floor, where the vote is expected to be close. Please call or email your representatives today, and urge them to vote YES on H. 170. As amended by the Read entire story

Vermont Senate Committee Approves Marijuana Regulation Bill

The Vermont Senate Committee on Judiciary approved a bill (4-1) on Friday that would end marijuana prohibition in the state and regulate marijuana for adult use. S. 241 would make it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and establish a tightly controlled system of licensed marijuana cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail stores. It would also create a study commission to examine issues such Read entire story

Will Vermont Be The Next State to Fully Legalize Marijuana?

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have announced legislation “to cautiously and deliberately” legalize cannabis for adult-use in Vermont. The proposed bill would remove the civil penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana for those over 21 in the state of Vermont. However, the bill also suggests enhanced penalties for people over 21 who furnish alcohol or marijuana Read entire story

Vermont Coalition Launches Ad Campaign with Former State Attorney General

On Tuesday, the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana held a press conference to announce the launch of an ad campaign featuring former Vermont Attorney General Kimberly Cheney highlighting the benefits of regulating marijuana. Cheney served as Vermont attorney general from 1973 to 1975. Previously, he served as an assistant attorney general and was elected Washington County states attorney. He has held a variety of other civic positions and is Read entire story

Vermont Governor Asks Legislature to End Prohibition

Yesterday, in his state of the state address, Gov. Peter Shumlin asked the Vermont Legislature to develop and pass a marijuana regulation bill in the 2016 session. “I will work with you,” he told legislators, “to craft the right bill that thoughtfully and carefully eliminates the era of prohibition that is currently failing us so miserably.” Gov. Peter Shumlin. VTD/Josh Larkin This is great news, but passage of a marijuana regulation bill is far Read entire story

Vermont Marijuana Regulation Bill to Be Introduced

A new bill to make marijuana legal for adults and regulated similarly to alcohol in Vermont will be introduced next month, according to bill sponsors. The Times Argus reports: Legislation to be introduced next month when lawmakers return to the State House would allow those 21 and older to grow and possess marijuana for recreational use as early as July. Sen. Joe Benning Sen. Jeanette White The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Jeanette White, Read entire story

Vermont Medical School Delves into Marijuana Science

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic. Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university's medical school is likely the country's first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of Read entire story

Vermont House Speaker Supports Legalization

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith, previously undecided about whether to support a bill that would make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol, has put his support behind such a measure for the 2016 session VT House Speaker Shap Smith (photo: Ben Sarle) . Vermont Public Radio reports: For months, Smith has taken a “wait and see” position concerning the legalization of marijuana. He said he wanted to remain Read entire story