Vermont

Mon
16
Oct

Vermont physicians propose go-slow approach on pot legalization

On the heels of a legislative session in which Vermont lawmakers expanded the state’s medical marijuana program and nearly legalized the drug, the Vermont Medical Society may soon reaffirm its opposition to legalization.

And some physicians, including two specialists at the University of Vermont Medical Center, have proposed adding warning labels to medical marijuana and aim to restrict its use to conditions for which it has been proven to be safe and effective.

Wed
11
Oct

Vermont: The 'Medical Marijuana Doctor' will see you now: 'Canna Care' connects patients with pot

Two weeks ago, a new health clinic opened its doors in Burlington to do in Vermont what it has already done in several other states: bring thousands of new patients into the state’s medical cannabis program.

Canna Care Docs bills itself as a “medical marijuana evaluation and education center," and in places like Maine and Massachusetts, it has created an efficient new avenue for patients to gain legal access to medical marijuana.

Marta Downing, chief operating officer at the company, says Canna Care doesn’t disclose the number of clients it’s enrolled in medical marijuana programs. But its former medical director was alone responsible for certifying nearly 6,000 medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts.

Thu
28
Sep

Vermont marijuana commission to begin legalization study

The Vermont commission that's going to study the best way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state is holding its first meeting.

The 13-member Marijuana Advisory Commission is scheduled to hold its first meeting Thursday at Public Safety Headquarters in Waterbury.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott created the commission by executive order earlier this month.

In May, Scott vetoed legislation that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana next year.

Scott says he's not philosophically opposed to legalizing marijuana, but he wants to address issues such as highway safety and keeping marijuana from people who are underage.

Fri
08
Sep

Vermont: Gov. Scott establishes marijuana advisory commission

Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive order Thursday establishing a commission on marijuana, charged with exploring a range of options on legalization.

Two lawyers, Republican Tom Little and Democrat Jake Perkinson, will co-chair the commission which will have 13 members culled from a range of affected state agencies and from the Legislature.

The commission will begin work by Oct. 1 and deliver initial recommendations by January. Those include:

- Gathering the best available data on marijuana-related crash and crime rates

- Roadside testing options for law enforcement

- The feasibility of a new, regional impairment standard

- Strategies for youth prevention

Tue
29
Aug

iAnthus Capital provides Q2 corporate update

Canada has become a hotbed for marijuana investments and we do not expect this trend to end anytime soon.

Over the last two years, more than $1.5 billion has been investment in the Canadian marijuana industry and a lot of this capital has come from United States investors. While many investors have focused on companies levered to the Canadian marijuana market, some of the Canadian firms have been investing in the United States marijuana market.

iAnthus: Expands its Portfolio of U.S. Investments

Tue
22
Aug

10 States Most Likely to Pass Recreational Marijuana Next

Every week's there's a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here's a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

10. New York

Fri
30
Jun

Vermont: Marijuana bill fails to pass, but legislators look to 2018

The bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in Vermont has gone up in smoke, but legislators are saying: Wait until next year.

S.22, the Senate bill that would have allowed adults 21 and older to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana and to grow up to two mature plants and four immature plants on private property, would have taken effect in July.

Vermont legislators hoped a veto session that wrapped up last Wednesday would result in a path forward for the bill, the final draft of which included some of the compromises requested by Gov. Phil Scott, such as tougher penalties for underage smokers and those smoking around young children.

Thu
22
Jun

Vermont Marijuana Legalization Stalls in the House, Fails Again

Vermont lawmakers once again came close — but once again failed — to pass legislation to legalize marijuana Wednesday during a one-day special veto session.

The legal weed bill passed the Senate easily, as it has the past two years. But the bill hit a wall in the House, where an effort to suspend rules to bring the bill to the floor fell far short.

"It is our best chance to pass legalization of small amounts of marijuana," Senate Judiciary Committee chair Dick Sears (D-Bennington) told fellow senators before their vote early Wednesday evening.

Mon
12
Jun

Medical marijuana expansion gets governor's signature in Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill that expands Vermont’s medical marijuana system.

The legislation, S.16, expands the list of conditions that qualify for the medical marijuana registry to include Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder, as of July 1.

Under the new law, PTSD patients will also need to receive regular psychiatric or therapeutic care in order to qualify.

The new law also will allow more medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Vermont.

Thu
01
Jun

Vermont AG: Take more time on marijuana bill

Gov. Phil Scott said he's sending the marijuana legalization bill, S.22, back to lawmakers with suggestions. He says the bill doesn't do enough to protect children, among other concerns.

Vermont's attorney general is worried that a legal marijuana bill could be rushed through the Legislature during a special veto session.

T.J. Donovan believes some form of marijuana legalization is inevitable — but he says lawmakers should focus on the state budget when they return to Montpelier on June 21-22.

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