Category: Vermont

Vermont is Officially the First State Where Lawmakers Legalized Cannabis

After years of failed attempts, Vermont became the first state to legalize cannabis through legislature this week. On Monday, Governor Phil Scott signed H.511 into law, making possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as home cultivation of up to 4 plants (with 2 mature at a time) legal for adults 21 or older. It has been a long road for the state, which has made many efforts before this, including the recently vetoed S.22 last spring, but legalization is finally a reality in a state where voter initiatives are not an option. “As I said...

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Vermont House Approves Cannabis Legalization Hours After Sessions’ Repeal of Federal Protections

Last week saw the realization of something that has been keeping the cannabis industry on edge for months. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo – the documentation that prevented the Department of Justice from prosecuting cannabis cases in states where it is legal. He basically gave U.S. Attorneys the option to prosecute marijuana cases to the full extent of federal law at their own discretion. The state of Vermont took a bold step towards legalization last week only hours after news of Sessions’ first step towards a “crackdown” on marijuana law was announced. Vermont’s House of Representatives...

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Vermont Could Legalize Cannabis As Soon As January

The state of Vermont has been on the edge of legalizing cannabis for over a year now, and each attempt puts them closer to becoming the first state to do so through the legislative process. It was just earlier this year that a bill finally passed votes in both the Senate and the House, only to be vetoed by Governor Scott at the last minute. It wasn’t all for nothing though, as Scott gave an idea of what he wanted to see changed for him to feel comfortable signing the bill. “After years of starts and stops, Governor Scott...

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