Gov. Scott Signs Legalization Bill!

January 22, 2018

On January 22, 2018, Gov. Phil Scott signed H. 511, a bill legalizing possession and limited cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older.

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Bill delivered to governor’s desk, coalition responds to concerns

May 18, 2017

On May 18, 2017, Vermont’s marijuana legalization bill, S.22, was delivered to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott. He now has five days (excluding Sunday) to either sign it or veto it. If he does neither, it will become law without his signature. The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana submitted several documents to Gov. Scott’s office in response to his stated concerns about the bill. Those documents are available here: Cover letter from coalition director Laura Subin to Gov. Scott Responses to…

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Four Vt. Newspapers Say Gov. Scott Should Sign Legalization Bill!

May 15, 2017

On May 10, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives made history when it voted to approve the Senate’s amendment to S. 22 and sent the bill to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. As amended, the bill would eliminate penalties for adults’ possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, two or fewer mature plants, and four or fewer immature plants, effective on July 1, 2018. S. 22 would also create a study commission to craft legislation on how to best regulate and tax marijuana in Vermont. The commission’s bill…

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House and Senate vote to end prohibition!

May 05, 2017

The Vermont House and Senate have both passed bills in 2017 that would legalize possession and limited cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older. On April 21, the Senate voted 21-9 to amend a House-passed bill (H. 167) to include language of a comprehensive legalization and regulation bill. S. 170, which passed the House May 3 in a 75-71 vote, would simply eliminate penalties for adults’ possession and cultivation of a limited amount of cannabis. In an attempt to compromise with the House,…

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House Judiciary Committee votes to make marijuana legal for adults' use!

March 27, 2017

On March 22, the Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to make marijuana legal for adults' use. The bill, H. 170, would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and it would eliminate penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants. Penalties for possession of more than one ounce of marijuana would also be reduced. A full House vote is expected soon. Please call and/or email your representatives today!

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