Vermont

Fri
07
Dec

Marijuana advocates warn against overregulation at Hartford talk

More than a dozen Vermonters who are proponents of a legal marijuana market urged state officials on Thursday to not overregulate a potential industry and keep it true to Vermont’s values.

Their comments came at a public meeting that followed the recent release of three reports by the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission, which examined roadway safety, education and prevention, and taxation and regulation of a legal market.

Mon
19
Nov

Enthusiasm over CBD helps fuel growing hemp market in Vermont

The number of farmers who registered with the state of Vermont to grow hemp rose more than 400 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the state Agency of Agriculture. The amount of acreage reported to be under cultivation increased 450 percent, with growth spread fairly evenly around the state.

Hemp cultivation has risen rapidly where it is allowed on the trail of the huge market for CBD, or cannabidiol, a product of the hemp plant that is widely believed to have health-giving benefits.

Tue
30
Oct

Vermont CBD makers and sellers stress purity, standards

Derek Mercury, owner of Jeffersonville, Vermont-based Maple Plus, says simple is better.

“It’s a very simple product,” he says of the enhanced maple sugar that became available on April 20 of this year. “There’s just two ingredients.”

Those ingredients: maple sugar derived from Vermont pure maple syrup and cannabidiol (CBD), one of the chemical components of hemp, which he adds in the production.

Thu
18
Oct

Rhode Island approves medical marijuana as autism treatment

Rhode Island now allows medical cannabis therapies as a treatment option for those living with autism. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) approved on Tuesday the use of medical marijuana as a treatment for autism. The decision is effective immediately and is “a final action of RIDOH, subject to judicial approval,” according to a report from local media.

Wed
29
Aug

Vermont Democratic Party endorses weed taxation and regulation

The Vermont Democratic Party has formally declared its support for a statewide system to tax and regulate marijuana sales, voting over the weekend to adopt the policy into its official platform.

The party’s embrace of cannabis taxation and regulation comes after recreational use of the drug became legal in July, and represents a significant shift from where the party stood on marijuana policy even just two years ago.

In 2016, the Vermont Democratic Party’s platform stated that it supported “the exploration of the decriminalization of drug use and instead treating it as a health and mental health issue.”

But on Sunday evening, members of the party’s platform committee, which updates the platform every two years, unanimously voted to change the language.

Fri
03
Aug

Marijuana Matters: What are neighboring states doing about legalization?

Vermont's limited marijuana legalization law went into effect last month. How are neighboring state's like New Hampshire and New York dealing with the pot legalization question.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday appointed a group of state government, law enforcement, and academic officials to draft legislation for regulating recreational marijuana. It comes three weeks after state health officials issued a report that concluded that the benefits of legalizing pot outweigh the risks.

"Because of my concerns, I would say I'm against it right now, but I certainly am going to listen to all the debates and talk about it," said Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury.

Tue
24
Jul

Vermont AG: It's illegal for businesses to 'gift' marijuana

This gift won't legally keep giving.

Mon
02
Jul

Vermont recreational marijuana legalization: What is legal, what is not?

Recreational marijuana use officially became legal in Vermont on Sunday.

Vermont is the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use and also the first state in the country to do so through its legislature. The law was signed in January by the state’s governor, Phil Scott. Now, individuals 21 years of age or older in the state can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and own up to six marijuana plants (two of which can be mature and four of which must be immature).

Thu
28
Jun

Neighboring states have loosened their pot laws, but marijuana is still illegal in NH

It’s the summer of weed for neighboring states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The road to New Hampshire, though, remains one big “pot” hole. Pot is still illegal here.

It’s a point underscored in an interview with Tuftonborough Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, president of the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is anticipating an increase in marijuana-related hospital visits, youth pot smoking, and impaired driving in the Granite State. "It's going to spill over our borders," he says. (Scroll down for more on N.H. law, and the state's study of legalization.) So what's legal in neighoring states? Here's a snapshot.

Mon
25
Jun

Vermont may clear past marijuana convictions

In just over a week, Vermont’s adult-use cannabis law will go into effect. On July 1, those 21 and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of dried flower and grow up to six plants per residence. However, the state’s next step will not be to establish a regulated retail market. Instead, Vermont will focus on expunging the criminal records of those with past marijuana violations.

Many states that have legalized adult-use marijuana are looking for ways to redress the past. If cannabis is no longer a crime, there’s no reason for minor drug offenders to live with their records or serve out harsh mandatory minimum sentences.

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