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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.


New Vermont marijuana law leaves medical patients with conflicting rules

Next month, Vermont¬†will throw off¬†restrictions on adult marijuana use¬†‚ÄĒ leaving thousands of Vermonters, who already use the drug for medical purposes, in a somewhat awkward situation.¬†

Vermont will have two conflicting sets of marijuana laws on the books on July 1: new legal liberties for members of the general public, and old strictures for the nearly 6,000 Vermonters who are registered as medical marijuana patients and caregivers.


Vermont law school held an event to help residents expunge cannabis offences from their criminal records

Vermont legalized recreational cannabis back in January, making the Green Mountain State the very first American jurisdiction to repeal prohibition through the  legislature as opposed to a ballot initiative, writes Calvin Hughes.

Now, the Vermont Law School is breaking new ground by holding special events to help residents expunge of cannabis offenses from their criminal records.


Vermont marijuana: What parents should know about pot and Juuling THC

Social media is flooded with images of teens and tweens posing with e-cigarettes puffing candy-flavored vapor, but what's in the liquid that kids are ingesting?

Nicotine for one, but cannabis oil could be too, as well as other carcinogenic chemicals.

"In the old days you pull out a cigarette, you'd know what it was. Someone hands you one of these devices that just has a liquid in it. You don't know what's in that and neither do we," Stowe High School Principal Chris Oleks said at a recent panel discussion on Juuling.

The Juul is a brand of e-cigarettes that has seen popularity among teenagers. 


Vermont marijuana: Rules of the road both drivers and passengers should know

Would you? Could you? In a car? Know the pot laws. Here they are: You must not, should not in a car. Police may stop you before you're far.

Okay, all silliness aside, this Dr. Seuss-esque rhyme about Vermont's new marijuana laws, which will take effect July 1, is true. According to Act 86, which was signed by Gov. Phil Scott in January, Vermonters definitely should not use marijuana in a car.

This includes all car occupants. 

According to the law, even if a person is just a car's passenger, he or she can face fines of up to $200 for using marijuana in the car. 


Vermont marijuana convention: a deep history of healing and entreprenership

Life-changing personal stories were the driving force behind Vermont's first cannabinoid  entrepreneurs at the first cannabis and hemp convention in South Burlington on Saturday.

"I have a sister who has a seizure disorder, so I really got interested in CBD in 2015 when the farm bill was enacted in Vermont," Kyle Gruter-Curham said at his booth at the back the DoubleTree Hilton's convention room.


Vermont employers prepare for legal pot

Many "want ads" in Vermont note that prospective hires must pass a drug-screening test. Potential school bus drivers, air traffic controllers, postal workers and construction workers have long had to provide urine samples to prove they aren't under the influence of substances that could impair their judgment.

But what happens when recreational marijuana becomes legal in Vermont on July 1? Although the new law does not require Vermont employers "to permit or accommodate" its use in the workplace, some businesses are considering their options ‚ÄĒ both for preemployment screening and overall personnel policies regarding marijuana.


Vermont kills bill to tax and regulate recreational marijuana

Many elected officials say it will be resurrected.

A bill to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Vermont has died, but some legislators believe it’s just a temporary roadblock.

According to Vermont Public Radio, even though elected officials like Winooski Rep. Diana Gonzalez, who said she was optimistic that a tri-partisan coalition of lawmakers had the votes needed to pass the measure, an overwhelming majority of the House voted to kill the legislation on Friday, with a vote of 106-28.


Maine and Vermont block legal adult-use cannabis sales yet again

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Maine's cannabis regulations for a second time, while the Vermont House tabled a bill to create a taxed market for marijuana.


Vermont lawmakers push to expand marijuana legalization

A surprise twist in the Statehouse Thursday afternoon has the issue of marijuana legalization suddenly on the front burner in Montpelier again.

A tri-partisan coalition of House lawmakers is now pushing for legislation that would create an above-board market for commercial cannabis sales.

Earlier this year, lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott passed a law that will, starting July 1, legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and the cultivation of up to two mature cannabis plants. The law retains criminal penalties for large-scale cultivation and sales of the drug. 


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