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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New Study: Over One Trillion Dollars Spent on Illegal Drugs Between 2000 and 2010 in U.S.

A new study conducted by the RAND Corporation has found that in recent years cocaine use has dropped substantially, while cannabis use has risen. According to theStack Of Cash data, drug users in the United States spend over $100 billion annually on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

“This work synthesizes information from many sources to present the best estimates to date for illicit drug consumption and spending in the United States”, says Beau Kilmer, the study’s lead author and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. “Our analysis shows that Americans likely spent more than one trillion dollars on cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine between 2000 and 2010.”

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New RAND Report Reveals Predictions of Washington Cannabis Consumption for 2013 Not Even Close

A new report released from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center has found that past projections of cannabis consumptionstock2 in Washington for 2013 fell short – by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The report estimates the weight of cannabis consumed in Washington in 2013 based on data collected from existing household surveys and a new web-based consumption survey, and the results indicate that previous projections of Washington’s consumption rate for 2013 reflected less than half of actual consumption for the year:

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