Vermont: Lawmakers Debate Medical Marijuana Distribution Plan

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Montpelier, VT: State lawmakers heard testimony last week in support for establishing state authorized medical marijuana dispensaries.

Members of the Senate Committee on Government Operations heard arguments in favor of Senate Bill 226, which allows for not-for-profit 'compassion centers,' to "acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, sell, and dispense marijuana related supplies, and educational materials" to state-qualified patients.

Passage of this measure would not amend existing state law permitting qualified patients to cultivate marijuana for their own medical use, or to designate a caregiver to cultivate marijuana for them.

In 2004, state lawmakers approved legislation allowing qualified patients to possess and cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes.

State-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are operating in New Mexico, and have recently been approved in Maine, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

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