Vermont

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Feb

January was the biggest month yet for marijuana legalization, despite Trump's new war on pot

California opened the world’s biggest legal pot market, and Vermont’s state legislature became the first to legalize marijuana.

January 2018 was the most important month yet for marijuana legalization.

Things looked rocky a few days into the month, when President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rescinded an Obama-era memo that protected states that had legalized marijuana from federal interference.

Because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, the federal government can still crack down on pot even in states where it’s legal under state law for recreational purposes.

Wed
31
Jan

The 5 places set to legalize recreational Cannabis in 2018

This year, at least five jurisdictions will be either introducing or implementing legislation to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes.

So far, Uruguay is the only country – and the only jurisdiction outside of North America - to have fully regulated a legal market for recreational cannabis. However, sub-national jurisdictions – namely several US states - have regulated the trade, including California, Colorado, and Alaska. This is despite the drug continuing to be illegal under federal law.

Wed
31
Jan

Can Marijuana get beer's ailing sales buzzing again?

Long thought of as part of the reason for the beer industry's falling sales, legalized marijuana may be what gets it growing again.

Mon
29
Jan

Police: Vermont marijuana legalization will have impact in New York

Vermont's decision earlier this month to legalize recreational marijuana may make more work for police on the New York side of the state line.

Local police believe they will see an impact from the Green Mountain state's legalization of possession and growing of weed, which takes effect this summer.

With large numbers of Vermonters driving through Washington and Warren counties on their way to and from their home state, police expect to come across more people from Vermont in possession of a substance that will still be illegal in New York, and see more people driving under the influence of it.

Legalization will likely result in more people trying marijuana in Vermont, and some undoubtedly will forget to leave it home as they travel.

Fri
26
Jan

To grow marijuana legally in Vermont, know the law

Home-grown marijuana will become legal in Vermont on July 1, meaning those who plant seeds on legalization day will have a short inaugural growing season.

Vermonters will be allowed to cultivate a total of six plants per home, including up to two mature female plants that have flowered.

It's not legal to start seeds before July 1, and anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana could still face a civil penalty until then. Marijuana remains illegal in federal law.

Fri
26
Jan

Vermont might seem small, but it's a game-changer for the legalization movement

Vermont's decision to legalize marijuana might not seem like a game-changer compared to other states that have legalized recreational use recently, writes James McClure. California's sheer population and the size of its economy both dwarf the New England state, but the way Vermont reformed its marijuana laws will nevertheless have ripple effects across the country.

Mon
22
Jan

Vermont is legalizing Marijuana in a unique way

Though the U.S. stock market has been akin to a freight train over the past eight years, with virtually nothing getting in its way or slowing it down, it's marijuana stocks that have really had investors seeing green. A vast majority of pot stocks have doubled or tripled in value over the past year, and legal weed sales growth, along with the public's perception, are to thank for these solid gains.

Wed
17
Jan

Vermont Mayor hopes Sessions "reconsiders" his position on Marijuana

The Green Mountain State is making history, becoming the first state to legalize marijuana, not through a popular vote, but by legislation.

But the mayor of the Vermont’s capital city Montpelier told Cheddar that things need to change on the federal level.

“I think it’s just appalling, the use of federal crime resources to be chasing marijuana use,” John Hollar said. “I think it’s really ironic that this is coming from a Republican administration that purports to support states’ rights. But when it comes to marijuana, it decides that this is something it’s going to deal with at a federal level...I hope it gets overturned by Congress or reconsidered by the Attorney General.”

Wed
17
Jan

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.

Fri
12
Jan

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.

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