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.


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

This gift won't legally keep giving.


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).


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.


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 — 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.


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