What can New Hampshire expect once Vermont legalizes Marijuana?

Vermont is poised to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana beginning this summer. Police along New Hampshire’s western border, though, say they’re not concerned about the policy change.

Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello, whose city sits right at the border, says most residents know laws change when they cross state lines -- and marijuana policy is no different.

Still, it’s something his department will be keeping an eye on from a wait-and-see perspective.

“Obviously, in New Hampshire it is a violation level offense after we decriminalized it not too long ago and, you know, I think people in Vermont are aware of that,” Mello says.


The high cost of Medical Marijuana causes pain in Vermont

Recent scientific reviews have found substantial evidence that marijuana can be useful in easing at least some types of chronic pain. Yet even for the majority of Americans who live in states that have legalized medical marijuana, choosing opioids can be much cheaper.

"I can get a bottle of opioids for a dollar on my state insurance," says MaryJane Sarvis, a textile artist in Shaftsbury, Vt. Instead, Sarvis says, she spends around $200 each month on medical marijuana.

Sarvis has permanent nerve pain from a childhood spine surgery. At 12, a doctor fused 10 of her vertebrae together in what she says was then a state-of-the-art effort to treat scoliosis. Thirty years later, the disks started breaking down. Her doctors told her she'd be on opioids for the rest of her life.


Vermont state senate passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana use

Vermont’s senate has passed a bill to legalise recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

Republican Governor Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure last week. Although Vermont is one of the most politically liberal states, it is also one of 23 in the nation that do not allow ballot initiatives.


Taking a look at the science behind Cannabis

Sentiment from Reagan’s propagandistic campaign against marijuana is still persistent in the U.S. – even in Vermont. It is unsurprising that anti-cannabis advocacy groups continue to use the outdated rhetoric to support unscientific claims.

Clearly, a maturing brain should not be exposed to cannabis, the same way it should not be exposed to caffeine – both hinder mental development. Nonetheless, for mature brains, cannabis is in fact less addictive than caffeine. More importantly, cannabis may actually be Vermont’s ticket out of the opioid crisis, as it may really be an anti-gateway drug.


New Hampshire and Vermont move to legalize Marijuana, defying Jeff Sessions' new guidance

The Trump administration (via Attorney General Jeff Sessions) kicked off 2018 by rescinding guidance that essentially let states do what they want with their marijuana policy. At the time, it seemed like an idea cutting against political momentum. Now, it seems, if anything, that the approach has backfired, as states that had previously tabled the issue of marijuana are dusting off old bills and giving them new life.


Here are 5 states looking to legalize marijuana in 2018

The marijuana movement is charging ahead.

To date eight states — California, Colorado, Nevada to name a few — have legalized weed for recreational use since 2012. And the trend continues.

This year, several states all across the country are looking to legalize and, in turn, rake in millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Even with the Trump administration’s announcement last week that it would scrap an Obama-era policy offering legal shelter for state-sanctioned marijuana sales, organizers and lawmakers are forging forward with legalization efforts.

Here are some of those states:



Vermont house passes adult-use cannabis bill

Lawmakers in Vermont approved a similar measure in 2017, but it was vetoed by Governor Phil Scott, who was waiting for the results of a report on the effect of legalization on impairment.

H. 511 would eliminate Vermont's civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, beginning in July.

The bill is expected to win approval in the Senate, which passed a almost identical version a year ago.


Vermont legislature advances marijuana legalization

Vermont lawmakers took quick action toward legalizing marijuana Wednesday, mere hours after the opening gavel of the 2018 legislative session.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee approved a minor change to a bill that would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older — and the cultivation of two mature and four immature pot plants. It would take effect in July.

The move sets up a vote on the House floor Thursday and, if the bill passes, a Senate vote as early as next week. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, has said he would sign such a measure into law if it reached his desk in its current form. 

Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, marveled Wednesday at the bill's newfound momentum.


These states could legalize recreational cannabis in 2018

As of January 1, California began allowing the sale of marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. The move is expected to give a significant boost to California’s marijuana farmers, distributors, and retailers; an industry that analysts estimate will be worth around $7 billion within the next few years.

Although California started off the year with the most buzz around bud, it’s not the only state slated to legalize pot in 2018. The following states have either already legalized and are starting to transition into the commercial sale of weed, or are poised to let citizens legally toke.

New Jersey


Vermont is set to legalize recreational marijuana next month

Vermont is set to ring in the New Year by legalizing recreational marijuana. There is already a legalization bill in the legislature, and it's expected to pass in the very near future, according to the speaker of Vermont's House of Representatives, writes James McClure.

“It will be up for a vote in early January,” Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) said last week. “I expect that it likely will pass in early January.”


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