Previously Undecided, House Speaker Shap Smith Now Favors Legalization

VERMONT:  Backers of a plan to legalize marijuana in Vermont have received some significant legislative support from House Speaker Shap Smith. For more than a year, Smith has been undecided about this issue but now he says he’ll work to pass a legalization bill in the 2016 session. For months, Smith has taken a “wait and see” Read the full article…

Vermont Lawmakers Threaten To Reinstate Prohibition If Pot Isn’t Legalized

VERMONT: Vermont may well become the next state to legalize marijuana, and two state lawmakers who support legalization have a simple message for their colleagues: Give us what we want, or we’ll take away your booze. A new bill filed earlier this month by state Reps. Jean O’Sullivan and Christopher Pearson would effectively reinstate alcohol prohibition in Vermont. If passed, Read the full article…

Vermont Lawmaker Moves To Legalize Marijuana

VERMONT:  A state senator in Vermont on Tuesday introduced legislation to make recreational marijuana legal in Vermont that, if passed, would make the Green Mountain State the first in the U.S. to legalize through the state legislature. Vermont state Sen. David Zuckerman’s bill, S. 95, would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to Read the full article…

Vermonters Return From Marijuana-Policy Tour

VERMONT: Vermont leaders say touring through Colorado’s medical and recreational marijuana landscape this week gave them a lot to think about. Nine people from Vermont, including Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan and representatives from both sides of the legalization debate, met with Colorado regulators, marijuana businesses and nonprofit organizations Read the full article…

Philly420: Is Pennsylvania Really Smoking $2 Billion Of Marijuana?

PENNSYLVANIA:  Estimating the size and value of the underground marijuana market is difficult. But recently the RAND Corporation, a national policy think-tank, attempted to do just that for the state of Vermont. In a report issued last week, RAND explored a variety of policy options that might replace current prohibition laws. The authors also offered some Read the full article…

A Dozen Ways To Legalize The Marijuana Supply Chain, In Vermont Or Any State

VERMONT:  Legalizing marijuana is not a binary choice. After months of research, the RAND corporation on Friday released a report for the state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there. The 218-page report, commissioned as a result of a May law, explores every aspect, option and pathway to legalization. The report breaks out 12 ways a state can regulate the supply Read the full article…

Vermont To Hold Hearing On Marijuana Legalization

VERMONT:  A public hearing is planned this week on the possible legalization of marijuana in Vermont. The Wednesday hearing will be held statewide via Vermont Interactive Television. Earlier this year the Legislature ordered the administration to study marijuana legalization. A report is due in January. The state contracted with the RAND Corporation to examine issues Read the full article…

Vermont House OKs Legal Marijuana Study

VERMONT:  The Vermont House on Thursday passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee struggled to find a standard to determine when a driver is impaired by drugs. If the Senate and Gov. Peter Shumlin agree, the legalization study would be focused mainly on the fiscal impact of regulating Read the full article…

VT Speaker Ends Discussion On Legalizing Marijuana

VERMONT:  House Speaker Shap Smith on Friday spiked a proposal to study potential tax revenue the state could earn by legalizing marijuana. The amendment would have asked the Joint Fiscal Office to study the revenue impact of legalizing marijuana, using Colorado’s pot tax as a guide. The Ways and Means Committee endorsed the amendment. Smith, Read the full article…