Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016

vermont marijuana decriminalizationThe Vermont Senate Committee on Finance approved a bill (6-1) on Friday that would end marijuana prohibition in the state and regulate marijuana for adult use. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 29, and it will now be considered by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

  1. 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 as edible marijuana products and home cultivation, which would not be allowed under the bill. It would remain illegal to consume marijuana in public or drive under the influence of marijuana. If approved, rulemaking would begin this summer, but the new law would not take effect until January 2018.

A strong majority of Vermonters (56%) support regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use, according to a statewide survey conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute in September.

Statement from Matt Simon, the Marijuana Policy Project’s Montpelier-based New England political director, on behalf of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana:

“There’s strong support for ending prohibition and regulating marijuana in Vermont, and momentum is building as S. 241 advances through the Senate. Like most Vermonters, the members of the Senate Finance Committee recognize prohibition has failed. They believe Vermont can achieve better results by adopting a system of reasonable, strictly enforced regulations. We are confident that the bill will continue to gain support as the legislative process continues.”

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The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is a broad coalition of citizens, organizations, and businesses working to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateVermont.org.

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  • calvet11

    Please Vermont State Government write to the clown’s in Sacramento and tell them how it’s done. For God’s sake someone get a hold of that bunch of imbecile’s in California’s State Capitol and tell them to quit meddling. The more they stick their dirty finger’s in any cannabis law they will SCREW IT UP.

    • EddyMelv

      Our government, both on a State and Federal level, are the champs at f_cking up a soup sandwich.
      And actually, their lack of performance in winning this prestigious award is what prompted the phrase to be coined.

    • familyguy

      why get all worked up about something that will not happen until 2018 if it happens at all.

      • calvet11

        Sir. I have been fighting for this to happen since 1970, another year to me may be my last. I want to see this happen in my life time. Yes I’m worked up, stupid offends me.

        • familyguy

          I’d like to see it happen as well, no need for insults but if you can’t see the delay tactics the legislator are using, then what is the point in arguing with you. Good luck I hope it does happens. The problem with post and texting is that you don’t see the frame of mind people are in; therefore it pays to be somewhat polite.

          • calvet11

            Not an insult but a statement of fact. Maybe you thought I was referring to you as stupid. Not at all, it is the whole mindset against this wonderful plant that offends me.

          • familyguy

            Thank I love the plant myself. By all means go for it!

  • http://protonboron.com/portal/power-grid-frequency-meter/ M. Simon

    Can’t wait to see how much support they give the Black Market.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      It will be less support than they’re giving the black market now.

  • Brian Brooks

    High retail prices + no home grow will only strengthen the black market. It’s like would you pay $3 for a gallon of gas when you can get it down the street for $1. After prohibition they didn’t raise the price of beer to $100 a gallon.

    • EddyMelv

      You got that right. This is Prohibition all over again but they’re handling it all so differently this time in trying to come out of it. I alluded to this fact minutes ago.

      • Brian Brooks

        I think the powers that be realize that this is going to happen and they are lining up their ducks and trying to figure out whats in it for them and how to makes the laws work for them and the good old boy network, If I can produce small amounts of alcohol for personal consumption or grow my own food why not grow my own medicine/mild intoxicant? Also I would be able to grow it’s non psychoactive cousin hemp were I reap 330 gallons of bio diesel/acre from the seed at least 2 times per year.

    • familyguy

      Don’t worry by the time 2108 gets here it will all be forgotten. I sure that is what the politicians have in mind. Why argue about home grow and taxes and other issues. The reality is that the politicians do not want legalization to happen at all. What you really need to focus on is that legalization happens. You just saw the result of arguments in Ohio led to no legalization of any kind. They will never see legal cannabis in Ohio because they did not take advantage of the opportunity they had in their hands at that time.

  • AntiIgnorant

    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone would get there heads on straight and just actually legalize cannabis? You know, where cannabis legalization isn’t taxed too high and you can grow your own just like you can brew your own beer…

    This is a start, but far from right.

    • EddyMelv

      I agree. All this pussy-footing around when they all know damn well that everything they are considering legalizing is already taking place everywhere people want it to take place.
      What’s the big freakin’ deal? This issue is exactly the same (except with many, many less repercussions) than ending alcohol Prohibition. Guess what —- it was a flip of the switch —- not years of hemming and hawing, not all this bureaucratic BS — nothing. They flipped the switch and the booze started flowing legally again.
      And how much booze was flowing illegally DURING Prohibition, you ask ? Well, just in NYC ALONE, there were over 6,000 “speakeasys” underground —- literally underground — in the basements and cellars of just about every establishment in the City. Hell, some of the best of times were had at one that was a curtain factory at street level or the one two blocks away that was a meat market during the day, all while someone was prepping the cellar for the night’s activities of enjoying one’s favorite beverage, live music, and even dancing when room allowed. No different. Different players but the same game — everyday people enjoying their lives and not bothering a soul —- no different today except how we got here…
      It’s just sickening how they are handling the inevitable. They’re spending twice as much energy resisting, kicking, fighting, and hissy-fitting. Maaaaan, get on with it —- will ya —- there’s lives that are being damaged every day that these figureheads hide their figured heads up their keister. Just sickening…

      • AntiIgnorant

        Yep, it’s all about the money… Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, Big for-profit Prison and Big DEA. All stand to lose lots of money from competition and loss of federal funding. It’s always greed over integrity. Makes me ashamed to be human living in the same planet with these weasels.

      • calvet11

        Many UP’S to you sir and to AntiIgnorant. Anti-cannabis fools are only putting off the inevitable. It’s Not about the children, it’s not about safety, and it’s not about morality of it’s use by adults. It’s about the MONEY and who will get the most.

  • familyguy

    2018 is a long ways away. These folks need to work a little faster and harder to achieve this goal sooner. When I fist heard about this effort my first impression was that these legislators were really going to change American politics but the reality is that hey will do nothing but kick the issue up further. What a worthless effort. It is time to quit writing article on an issue that is not being taken seriously. the VT politician are mocking and deceiving the people of VT.
    Their only goal is re-election. They need to be voted out.