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Vermont House Committee Approves Marijuana Bill, Restores Legalization Provision


vermont marijuana decriminalizationThe House Ways and Means Committee approved S. 241 on Friday (6-3) after amending it to allow adults in Vermont to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. The bill will now go to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

S. 241 still does not create a regulated system of marijuana cultivation and sales, but it now allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It also now allows adults to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes after receiving a license that will cost $125.

“Many Vermonters have been very vocal in support of allowing limited home cultivation, and it appears their voices did not fall on deaf ears,” said Matt Simon, the Montpelier-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This amendment breathes new life into S. 241. The House is engaged in a very deliberative process, and we’re hopeful it will do the right thing and end marijuana prohibition in Vermont.”

The version of S. 241 approved by the Senate in February would make possession of marijuana legal for adults and create a regulated marijuana market. The House Judiciary Committee voted last week to strip those provisions from the bill and instead call for further study. If S. 241 passes the House in a different form than it passed the Senate, it would likely end up in a conference committee where legislators from both chambers would attempt to reach a compromise.

In February, Vermont Public Radio released the results of a poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute that found 55% of Vermonters support passing a law to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Only 32% said they are opposed. Gov. Peter Shumlin, Attorney General William Sorrell, and two former attorneys general have expressed support for the measure.

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Source: The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana is a broad coalition of citizens, organizations, and businesses working to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateVermont.org.


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  1. A declaration that they fear democracy and corruptly love the democratic republic.

    Pure national democracy is bad, but every state should have a voter operated method of changing their local government at a state level.

  2. A state fee to grow recreationally? We are not talking about a for profit grow op right? Then why is there any licensing associated with said growing? Most bills that have to traverse several committees end up dying there and it sounds like that might be the case here, but how could any recreational cannabis user support this?
    Is it better than nothing? Anything but the status quo is better, but it is suspect at best.
    The people of that fine state need to come up with their own brand legalization and stop waiting for corrupt politicians to bring them functional legalization.
    Does Vermont have a people driven initiative process?

  3. Excellent news! Still, I have little patience for watching plants grow and fully support retail cannabis sale. One concern I have is making sure kids do NOT get access to edibles. THC is a strong drug and can induce psychosis or schizophrenia in some people.

  4. Francis Janik on

    This is the way to legalize cannabis in Vermont. It allows for all to grow for personal use. This will give medical users who do not currently qualify under Vermont’s restrictive program. We are stopping a few from owning the market and bringing the small grower out of the woods. If the House can keep Senator Sears from destroying the House bill then we may get a fair law.

  5. What is up with the house? Can’t they think strait?Without production rules and laws this just gives the money to the black market.

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