Vermont: Gov. Scott on marijuana: 'I have to do what I think is right'

Gov. Phil Scott has yet to decide whether he will sign a marijuana legalization bill that passed the Vermont Legislature this month.

The first-term Republican can choose to sign the bill, veto the bill, or allow it to become law without his signature.

"I'm not philosophically opposed to it," Scott said, adding that he wants any legal marijuana system to address highway safety and protecting children from edible marijuana products. "I'm not sure that the time is right now."

Scott's office has been flooded with calls and notes on the marijuana issue, including identical letters in support of the bill. Scott said they have not swayed his opinion. 


Vermont awaits governor's decision on legalizing pot

States in the Northeast have been undergoing marijuana reform recently with ME and MA legalizing the plant for recreational use last November and states like Rhode Island in talks to legalize it through legislature.

The state Senate on Thursday passed an amended version of a House bill eliminating criminal penalties for possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less.


Vermont Legislature 1st in US to vote to legalize marijuana

Vermont's Legislature on Wednesday became the first in the country to vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The legislation, which passed the House by a 79-66 vote, would allow adults to possess and use small amounts of the drug beginning next year. The bill was identical to one passed last week by the Senate that also sets up a commission to study the best way to regulate marijuana.

The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Phil Scott, whose spokeswoman said he's not philosophically opposed to legalizing marijuana but must be sure the bill answers certain public safety and health questions.

"He'll review the bill when received to determine if those questions are addressed," spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley said after the vote.


Legal Pot States Expanding? Vermont House Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill

Adults in Vermont are one step closer toward being able to consume marijuana without worrying about going to jail after the House passed a measure this week aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis. Although only by a slim margin, the bill was approved with a 71 to 74 vote Tuesday.


Vermont House approves marijuana legalization bill

The Vermont House has given final approval to its version of a recreational marijuana legalization bill.


The measure passed by a vote of 75 to 71, following hours of debate.

The bill would make it legal for adults age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow two mature plants at home.

The limited measure does not create any new regulatory system for legally selling and taxing pot, nor does it fund new public safety or youth education efforts. 

Critics, including Rep. George Till -- a Jericho Democrat and a physician -- said that spells trouble.


VT. House expected to consider marijuana legalization next week

State lawmakers begin their final scheduled week of the session next week, and among the high-profile bills expected to attract plenty of attention is the long-delayed House bill to legalize marijuana.

Bill H. 170 has been stuck in the Human Services Committee for weeks, referred there suddenly after the first floor vote suddenly appeared at risk of defeat.

Late Friday, the committee voted to dislodge H. 170, sending it on to the House floor in a 5-4-2 vote.

Committee Chairwoman Ann Pugh, a South Burlington Democrat, said her panel added language to address some concerns about youth access to marijuana -- explicitly prohibiting pot near schools, and all public consumption.


Vermont hops on the train to legalize cannabis

Despite harsh words from members of the Trump administration, cannabis reform initiatives continue to pass across the United States reports Technical 420

After West Virginia became the 29th state to legalize medical cannabis and after Texas unanimous passing of industrial hemp bill, Vermont’s Senate voted to legalize cannabis.

The vote came after Democratic Senator Jeanette White submitted an amendment to a criminal justice bill. The amendment legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and allows for home cultivation.


Hospitals Deny Patients Organ Transplants for Smoking Weed

While the tension between state and federal laws has created a difficult situation for cannabis users, there’s another factor that is complicating the changing attitude towards weed: hospitals. Though it isn’t legally mandated, many hospitals won’t allow people who use weed to be placed on organ transplant waiting lists.


Vermont looks again at legalizing recreational cannabis


A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

The proposal would remove all civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana and for the cultivation of a total two mature marijuana plants and seven immature plants.

The bill was introduced by Democratic Reps. Maxine Grad of Moretown and Charles Conquest of Newbury, and Republican Rep. Thomas Burditt of West Rutland.

Under state law, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is a civil violation that carries an up to $200 fine. Possessing 1 to 2 ounces could result in up to six months in jail.


Renewed Push To Legalize Marijuana Kicks Off In Vermont

A renewed push to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont kicked off Wednesday with a news conference at the State House.

Members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, including representatives from Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, ACLU-VT, and the Marijuana Policy Project, said Vermont should join other New England states that are removing legal penalties for adult possession and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. Massachusetts and Maine are in the process of implementing voter-approved initiatives to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it like alcohol.


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