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Vermont Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Signed Into Law


Vermont medical marijuanaEven 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.

Please donate to MPP so that they can continue reforming our nation’s broken marijuana laws in other states around the country.

By Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


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  1. This SOOOO encourages me. I live in CAL-I-FORN-IA, home to the some of the best KGB, and, it seems, an ever evolving legislative micro-fuck of laws being enacted to usurp a 15 yo state law (Prop 215). I live in Nor CA, in an area integral to the Emerald Triangle goodwill, and just as recent as last week, the feeble, arrested developmentally minded county supervisors passed their own ordinances: http://www.newsreview.com/chico/medi-pot-cultivation-ordinance-passes/content?oid=2148911.

    And within this county is a city with this plan: http://www.chico.ca.us/document_library/minutes_agendas/planning_commission/050511_MMJ.pdf

    It’s this kind of insane BS and the countering positive progress of other states that ignites my fire to continue my activism. Like Vermont, I’m hopeful that someday, soon, common sense will prevail in CA. Peace.

  2. Does anyone know how I can find a doctor in Vermont that can help me get my MMJ Card?

  3. Republicans are supposed to be all for States Rights and getting big government out of our lives. Let’s see where they stand on this issue.

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