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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed


vermont marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

Vermont has become the latest state to see a marijuana legalization bill filed this year. House Bill 499, ”An Act Relating to Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana,” was introduced to the House and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The bill is sponsored by Reps. Susan Davis (P-Washington), David Deen (D-Westminster), James Masland (D-Thetford), William Stevens (I-Shoreham) and Teo Zagar (D-Barnard).

It would allow people 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to three plants. The bill also legalizes the possession of pot paraphernalia. It would also “create a regulatory structure for the wholesale and retail sale of marijuana that includes licensing and oversight by the Department of Liquor Control.” The bill envisages a $50 per ounce excise tax on commercial marijuana sales.

People who possess more than two ounces or three plants or who sell marijuana outside regulated commercial channels would still be subject to criminal penalties.

And the bill would allow industrial hemp production in accordance with existing state law “regardless of whether federal regulations have been adopted.”

Colorado and Washington freed the weed in November, and marijuana legalization bills have been or will be introduced this year in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Oregon. A legalization bill died earlier this year in Hawaii, and one died this week in New Hampshire, but another New Hampshire legalization bill is still alive.

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  1. I think it is going to be a mixed bag until things settle out. For the time being my guess is that the Feds will not allow sales but the states legalizing will not be arresting.

    The progression we have seen is medical first followed by full legalization. For the time being that will continue to be the case. IMO

  2. Johnny Bloomington on

    That’s cool! Should states still pursue medical marijuana or go for adult use and patients still get the medicine that way. One of the thing’s that bothers me is the high taxes being proposed for 21 and over weed. We don’t want to leave room for a black market.

  3. Medical legalization leads to general legalization. It is a strategy – not an end point. And my point about medical would mean lower costs for you. If my point takes hold.

    I had the singular honor of spending an afternoon with Jack Herer. If that gives you some idea of where I stand.

  4. I was looking at hemp oil for cancer and it looked like 2 lbs made about 100 grams. That is 100 doses. That is $16 a dose for the tax alone. Seems steep. Cheaper than going to jail – still.

    Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

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