Vermont Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Cannabis In The State

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman addresses supporters of a tax-and-regulate marijuana legalization plan at the Statehouse on Tuesday

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman addresses supporters of a tax-and-regulate marijuana legalization plan at the Statehouse on Tuesday. Bob Kinzel VPR

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he plans to sign a bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he hasn't decided yet if he will do it publicly. Shelburne Democrats Kate Webb and Jessica Brumsted cast votes on either side of the issue: Webb voting for the measure and Brumsted voting against. The Vermont Senate just voted to pass H.

Residents can now carry one ounce of marijuana and grow two mature or four immature cannabis plants in their home. Again, I have my opinion.

Enforcement will be hard because there is no true test that can be conducted on our roads to determine if someone is operating a vehicle while impaired by marijuana.

For similar reasons, Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish expressed opposition.

Law enforcement groups in Vermont have criticised the legalisation drive, saying the drug poses health risks and that there is no way to quickly test drivers who might be intoxicated by marijuana. Opponents questioned the effect legalization would have on highway safety and said it sent the wrong message to the state's youth about the use of marijuana. The governor's commission is scheduled to share recommendations about regulation in December. This tri-partisan bill is a thoughtful approach that is expected to become law, given Governor Scott's expressed support.

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Turner said "the writing was on the wall" and the "wheels had been greased", clearing the path for marijuana legalization.

Vermont is attempting to pave the way to become the first state to allow adults in the state to possess and grow marijuana.

Approximately 64% of Americans now support cannabis legalization, according to a recent Gallup poll. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears, D-Bennington, said Thursday night he expected the bill would hit the Senate floor and gain approval as early as Wednesday. In Michigan, signatures have been submitted for a November 2018 ballot measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults. We should continue, however, to work to limit and sanction any actions by adults that harm others.

Instead, a blood test for marijuana must be administered or a drug recognition expert must be involved, for example. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums. She added that it removes criminal consequences for the "responsible" use of marijuana by adults.

"While prohibitionists like Attorney General Jeff Sessions desperately try to force our country to return to the dark ages, his flailing seems to be for naught", Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a statement.

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