Tag Archives: Marijuana

State News
July 25, 2018

Marijuana gifting businesses illegal, AG advises

By Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Gifting marijuana in exchange for another purchase is illegal under Vermont’s new legalization law, according to a guidance issued by the state’s top prosecutor Monday.

Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office advised that sales of any kind are illegal under…

Local News
May 23, 2018

Windsor County plans to erase marijuana convictions

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

“Expungement Day” for those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Windsor and Chittenden counties will take place next month.

State’s Attorneys from both counties have said they were working out the details for expunging convictions for certain marijuana convictions in light…

Local News
February 14, 2018

Saliva testing for pot?

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A panel of lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to use saliva testing to detect the presence of drugs in motorists.

The House Transportation Committee approved the bill, H.237, on Friday, Feb. 9, by a…

Local News
January 24, 2018

Scott signs bill legalizing marijuana in Vermont

By Mike Dougherty

Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, making Vermont the first state to pass a legalization measure through legislation rather than a voter initiative.

In a letter notifying the Legislature, Scott expressed “mixed emotions” about signing the…

State News
August 23, 2017

Suit over police use of “sniff test” goes to Vt. top court

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A lawsuit over a traffic stop in Wallingford and subsequent vehicle search that police justified based on a whiff of marijuana is heading to the Vermont Supreme Court.

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the…

State News
June 14, 2017

Medical marijuana expansion gets governor’s signature

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a bill that expands Vermont’s medical marijuana system.

The legislation, S.16, expands the list of conditions that qualify for the medical marijuana registry to include Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as…

Judge: Marijuana “sniff test” enough to search vehicle
Local News
May 24, 2017

Judge: Marijuana “sniff test” enough to search vehicle

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND — A Vermont judge has rejected a Rutland man’s challenge to the “sniff test,” ruling the smell of marijuana alone does provide probable cause for police to search a vehicle.

“Vermont’s decriminalization statute explicitly states that it leaves unchanged…

Local News
May 18, 2017

Limited marijuana legalization clears legislature

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

With a historic vote Wednesday, May 10, the Vermont Legislature became the first in the country to send a marijuana legalization bill to its governor.

The House passed the latest version of a legalization proposal on a vote of 79-66. With…