Vermont May Soon Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Wednesday February 6, 2013 9:28 am

Vermont may soon follow its New England neighbors in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. A tri-partisan bill has recently been introduced in the state House that would make the penalty for adults caught with less than two ounces of marijuana simply a $100 fine. A similar bill was also introduced in the state Senate but [...]

4/20: A Look at Marijuana Reform Advances This Year

By: Friday April 20, 2012 9:30 am

With today being the unofficial holiday for cannabis in the United States, it is a good time to look back at the advances the marijuana reform movement has made in the past 365 days. Popular Opinion – Perhaps the single biggest development for the marijuana legalization movement in the last year is that it finally [...]

Vermont Voters Overwhelmingly Support Marijuana Decriminalization

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 10:17 am

An overwhelming 63 percent of voters in the state of Vermont support reducing the penalty for simple marijuana possession to a small fine, according to new polling of registered voters by PPP for the Marijuana Policy Project. From MPP: Current Vermont law provides for a jail term of up to six months and a fine [...]

VT Gov. Shumlin to Join Petition to Reschedule Marijuana

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 2:00 pm

A spokesman for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) told the AP that he will join the recent petition filed by other governors to the federal government requesting marijuana be rescheduled. Yesterday, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) jointly filed the petition to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that [...]

Vermont Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 9:35 am

Today, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed S.17 legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The law authorize up to four dispensaries throughout Vermont to provide medical marijuana patients a safe, legal, and reliable way to get the medicine they need.

In 2004 Vermont first legalized medical marijuana but under the old system patients were either required to grow their own or get marijuana from the black market. Since raising marijuana to the point it can be harvest takes awhile, patients were potentially be forced to suffer unnecessarily for weeks or months if they didn’t want to break the law.

With a regulated dispensary system patients in Vermont should be able to get relief more quickly.

Gov. Shumlin has proven to be a supporter of more reasonable marijuana policies. During the 2010 election he campaigned on both creating medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing minor possession of marijuana.

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