Vermont House Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Possession, Home Cultivation

denvermariThe Vermont House Ways and Means Committee approved Senate Bill 241 today with a 6 to 3 vote after amending it to allow adults in Vermont to possess small amounts of cannabis, as well as grow it for personal use. The bill – which was approved by the Senate in February as a full legalization bill, including retail outlets – will now go to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Unlike the version of the bill passed by the Senate, the new version of Senate Bill 241 does not allow for a regulated system of cannabis cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, it does allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, and cultivate up to two plants, given they receive a $125 license from the state.

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passed by New Hampshire’s Full House of Representatives

03.18.13news-flickr-marijuana-editNew Hampshire’s full House of Representatives – in a voice vote Thursday evening – approved a bill that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Under the proposed law – House Bill 1631 – the possession of up to a half an ounce of cannabis would become a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense; no number of offenses would result in jail time or a criminal charge. Under current state law, possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

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Third Senate Committee in Vermont Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis

cannabudThe Vermont Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill today that would end cannabis prohibition in the state and regulate the plant for adult use. The measure has already been approved by two Senate committee, and is expected to receive a full Senate vote soon.

“The Senate has worked diligently and deliberately on this legislation,” said Matt Simon, a political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Most Vermonters believe it’s time to end prohibition and regulate marijuana, and it appears most of their state senators agree. We are hopeful that the Senate will approve this commonsense legislation and send it over to the House for its consideration.”

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New Poll Finds 57% of Vermont Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis for Recreational Purposes

A new poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute has found that a strong majority of voters in Vermont favor the legalization of recreational cannabisvermont for adults.

According to results of the survey, 57.2% of Vermont voters support legalizing cannabis, with just 34.3% opposed; the remaining 8.5% are currently undecided.

“People are fed up with marijuana prohibition,” says Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the organization that commissioned the poll. “Marijuana is an objectively less harmful substance than alcohol, and this poll shows most Vermonters want it to be treated that way.”

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