Even though the feds tried to intimidate the legislative leaders in Vermont with legal threats, medical marijuana dispensaries are now legal in Vermont thanks in no small part to the Marijuana Policy Project, winning out with a massive vote of support for medical cannabis; 99-44
Today, Gov. Pete Shumlin (D) signed S. 17 into law. As a result, the Vermont government will now authorize up to four dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to patients in the state.
Vermont is now the 8th state with a law that explicitly authorizes dispensaries where patients can legally purchase medical marijuana. (And, overall, medical marijuana is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.)
A few weeks ago — the day before the Vermont House was slated to vote on the dispensary bill — Gov. Shumlin and legislative leaders received a threatening letter from the federal prosecutor’s office in Vermont.
MPP’s team immediately addressed concerns about the feds with the Vermont House and the governor’s team. And, as a result, the House passed the measure by a whopping 99-44 vote — while a copy of the federal prosecutor’s letter was sitting on the desk of each House member!
This was a major victory for MPP and patient advocates. MPP funded a two-year lobbying campaign in Montpelier to pass the measure.
MPP started by finding the best bill sponsors they could find, including then-Senate President Pete Shumlin. Mpp then helped elect Shumlin to the governorship through their political action committee.
With another governor, the federal prosecutor’s letter could have killed the bill. Gov. Shumlin, the Vermont Senate, and the Vermont House are all to be commended for their compassion.
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By Rob Kampia
Marijuana Policy Project