Vermont Governor Pardons Nearly 200 people Charged with Cannabis Possession

In his final week in office, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 people who were convicted of cannabis possession.

Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin.

This brings the total number of pardons issued by Shumlin to 208, the most ever issued by a Vermont governor.

“A minor marijuana possession charge should not be an anchor that holds back an individual from getting a good job or going about their life,” Governor Shumlin said in a press release following the pardons. “While attitudes and laws about marijuana use are rapidly changing; there is still a harmful stigma associated with it. My hope was to help as many individuals as I could overcome that stigma and the very real struggles that too often go along with it.”

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Vermont: Second Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

vermontWith a 6 to 1 vote, the Vermont Senate Committee on Finance passed a bill today that would legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. The bill was given approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee exactly two weeks ago. It now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, where its passage will set it up for a full Senate vote.

If passed into law, Senate Bill 241 would allow those 21 and older to legally possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis. The proposal would authorize a system of cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail outlets, where people can purchase the plant.

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Vermont Police Dogs No Longer Being Trained to Detect Smell of Cannabis

k92Police dogs in Vermont are no longer being trained to detect the smell of cannabis, according to Robert Ryan, the state’s top K9 training coordinator. The change was made in preparation of the state legalizing recreational cannabis in the near future.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee gave approval to a bill that would legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older, and less than a month after Governor Peter Schumlin announced that his support for legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.

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Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

vermontIn a decisive 4 to 1 vote, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill today that would end cannabis prohibition in the state and regulate the plant for adult personal use.

Senate Bill 241 would make it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and would establish a tightly controlled system of licensed cannabis cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail stores. It would also create a study commission to examine issues such as edible cannabis products and home cultivation, which would not be allowed under the bill.

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Vermont Governor Announces Public Hearing on Cannabis Legalization

Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin’s administration has announced that they’ll be holding a public hearing on November 12th as part of the state’s continuing examination of cannabis legalization.vermont

According to a press release sent out by the administration, the hearing will “provide Vermonters with the ability to contribute comments for a legislatively-mandated study on the issues involved with possible legalization of marijuana production, distribution and possession in the State of Vermont.”

Shumlin has stated that he wants to see how cannabis legalization works out in Washington State and Colorado before approving such a move in Vermont, but legislation passed this spring requires Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding to report to the Legislature in January on issues regarding cannabis legalization.

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