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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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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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 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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Louisiana Governor Says He’ll Sign Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis, Reduce Cannabis Penalties, if They Reach His Desk

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Thursday that he’ll sign legislation to legalize medical cannabis, and to reduce the penalties for cannabis possession, if the bills reach his desk as expected.

Senate Bill 143, which passed the House Committee on Health and Welfare yesterday and has already passed the full Senate, would legalize the possession and state-licensed distribution of cannabis medicines with those with certain debilitating conditions. The proposal wouldn’t allow cannabis to be smoked, but would allow for it to be vaporized and consumed through oils, edibles, tinctures and topicals.

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Louisiana Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession, Allow Expungement of Cannabis Offenses

louisianaLouisiana’s’ full Senate has voted 27 to 12 to pass Senate Bill 241, a proposal to reduce the penalties for possessing cannabis, while allowing those with just one cannabis possession charge to have it removed from their records.

The proposal, sponsored by Senator J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans), would reduce the maximum penalty for someone caught possessing up to 14 grams of cannabis to a 15 day jail sentence and a $300 fine, whereas it’s currently a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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