Tag Archives: Marijuana

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…

Senate OKs marijuana legalization amendment
Featured
April 26, 2017

Senate OKs marijuana legalization amendment

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

Following spirited debate Friday, April 21, the Senate supported a proposal that would legalize marijuana and create a system to regulate and tax marijuana sales.

The proposal, which would set up a system similar to the model currently in place in…

State News
January 4, 2017

Shumlin issues nearly 200 pardons for minor marijuana charges

Gov. Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 individuals convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a Jan. 3 news release. In December, the Governor announced that he would consider pardons for those with minor marijuana possession charges who did not have violent criminal histories….

Op - Ed
May 11, 2016

Leave the “sexy” to Vegas, this is governing

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger.org (Editor’s note: Jon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist.) The 2016 session of the Vermont General Assembly did not legalize or decriminalize marijuana. It did not pull the state’s pension fund money out of coal or oil company stocks. It did not…

State News
May 11, 2016

House snuffs out pot legalization, homegrown proposals

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger.org Proponents of marijuana legalization struck out three times on Tuesday, May 3. The House overwhelmingly defeated a proposal (S.241) from the Senate that would have legalized retail marijuana sales in Vermont by 2018. The House then rejected a proposal to hold…

Letter
May 5, 2016

Vt. nepotism, ethics money and marijuana

Dear Editor, Vermont is riddled with lobbyists and bad money skills. Our state is truly suffering from the good ol’ boy club, a.k.a. nepotism. A friend of mine recently turned me onto money trails in Vermont, and it’s a sordid mess. However, our problems are…