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  1. US VT: Vermont Pot Bill Vetoed As Changes Sought

    Wall Street Journal, 25 May 2017 - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is vetoing a bill that would have made the state the first to legalize marijuana through legislation rather than a ballot measure, but he also left the door open for legalization. The bill, passed by the Vermont House and Senate, would have made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow a limited amount starting in mid-2018. The bill also called for a commission to propose yet-more legislation that could have created a taxed, regulated market later on.
  2. US VT: PUB LTE: Booze And Pot

    Times Argus, 31 May 2016 - Most people enjoy a cold drink in the hot summer weather. For a lot of them, a cold beer or mixed drink is their choice. Alcoholic drinks known as mixed drinks are a popular way to imbibe with an adult beverage. But, some things do not mix well together. For example, recreational marijuana and politics do not mix as well as a gin and tonic. The politicians cannot and will not agree to legalization of marijuana. From President Obama on down, they all agree not to legalize pot. The president cites his concern for kids getting legal pot, and that it's a drug and drugs are bad for your health. He says he cares about your health and that you should not use pot. So, why would he want it to be legal? The problem with his statements regarding legalization of pot is that compared to alcohol, marijuana is a distant 10th place in the ranking of harmful drugs. Yet, these drugs and booze are all legal. DWI drivers who are drunk with too much booze kill thousands of people each year, but booze remains legal. The police say they are against legalization of pot, too. Yet, they are the ones out there having to deal with all the drunk drivers, bar fights, domestic violence and other crimes all related to booze - not pot. The president and the police all say that marijuana is not a priority for arrests. The president made this clear and so did the mayor and chief of police in New York City. If not a criminal "priority," then why is it not legal?
  3. US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization

    Rutland Herald, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants. The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.
  4. US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization

    Times Argus, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants. The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.
  5. US VT: Vt. House Kills Marijuana Legalization

    Boston Globe, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday gave those hoping to make the state the first to legalize marijuana by legislation rather than referendum a major setback. The chamber's antimarijuana actions included:
  6. US VT: A Last-ditch Effort To Legalize Pot

    Rutland Herald, 28 Apr 2016 - MONTPELIER - The Senate on Wednesday attached language it passed earlier this year - creating a legal, regulated marijuana market - to a House-passed bill dealing with criminal procedures, a move designed to spur the House into action on legalizing pot. The House has not considered S.241, the Senate's marijuana legalization bill passed earlier this year, on the floor. After being scaled back by the House Judiciary Committee to only include a commission to examine the issue, the House Ways and Means Committee amended it again to legalize up to one ounce of pot and the cultivation of two marijuana plants.
  7. US VT: Northeast Opiate Crisis Stalls Marijuana Legalization

    New York Times, 20 Apr 2016 - MONTPELIER, Vt. - First came Colorado and Washington. Then Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Now advocates for legal marijuana are looking to New England, hoping this part of the country will open a new front in their efforts to expand legalization nationwide. But this largely liberal region is struggling with the devastating effect of opiate abuse, which is disrupting families, taxing law enforcement agencies and taking lives. And many lawmakers and public officials are balking at the idea of legalizing a banned substance, citing potential social costs.
  8. US VT: PUB LTE: Irrational Fear Of Marijuana

    Rutland Herald, 17 Apr 2016 - A recent Herald story ("Shumlin defends marijuana legalization," April 12) notes an auto dealer's implication that should that legislation pass, his employees will necessarily be stoned on the job. That dealer's response is understandable, a manifestation of the 80-plus-year-old campaign of fear foisted off on the public by ambitious politicians. But it begs the question, are we then to assume that since alcohol is legal those same employees are now drunk? Or perhaps Governor Shumlin's tongue-in-cheek rejoinder, that they may already be high, hits too close to home - that they might not even know if their workers are high. Which means for all practical purposes, assuming the business has any kind of quality control, they are doing their jobs well. So why would we want to make an activity that, despite all efforts to smear it, seems to be undetectable and harmless to both users and those with whom they come into contact? In other words, why do proponents of banning cannabis want to abridge the rights of their fellow citizens who, according to the preponderance of evidence, cause no harm to anyone (as carefully detailed in the recent Sunday Herald/Times Argus commentary "Marijuana 'experts' disappoint")?
  9. US VT: Legal Pot Bill Moves Ahead

    Rutland Herald, 16 Apr 2016 - MONTPELIER - The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to approve an amendment to a marijuana bill that would allow for the legal possession of up to 1 ounce and cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. The amendment, which materialized in the committee Thursday, passed on a 7-4 vote Friday after a few minor changes. It would fundamentally alter the bill advanced by the House Judiciary Committee last week.