marijuana decriminalization

Hot-button legislation attracted lion’s share of Statehouse lobbyists’ dollars

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Assisted suicide, marijuana decriminalization key earners for Vermont’s professional persuaders, disclosure forms show.

Marijuana decriminalization takes effect Monday

News Release — Marijuana Policy Project June 28, 2013 MONTPELIER – Legislation adopted this year to remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession will go into effect on Monday. Vermont is the 17th state in the nation to decriminalize or legalize marijuana possession. “This is a much-needed step forward toward a more sensible marijuana policy,” said […]

Bill reducing penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana signed into law

Attending the signing of a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana are (from left) Gov. Peter Shumlin, Defender General Matthew Valerio, Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, and Rep. Linda Waites-Simpson, D-Essex Jct. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Is it a step toward legalization? Not so fast, judiciary chiefs say.

Dennis: Death and drugs dominated legislative debates

But this session was also notable as much for what the Legislature didn’t do, as for what it did do.

Shumlin to sign marijuana decriminalization bill into law Thursday

News Release — Marijuana Policy Project June 5, 2013 ESSEX JUNCTION –- Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to sign legislation Thursday that will decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana in Vermont, making it the 17th state in the nation to decriminalize or legalize marijuana. The signing will take place at 1 p.m. during the […]

Legislative Wrap-up: Marijuana decriminalization

Lawmakers introduced six bills that dealt with marijuana this session. They varied in scope from allowing people with post-traumatic stress disorder to use marijuana (H.213) to legalizing and taxing the substance (H.499). Five of them stayed on the shelf, but H.200 — a bill to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana — […]

Marijuana decriminalization heads for final vote

Medical marijuana. Photo by Troy Holden, www.troyholden.com

The Senate voted 24-6 Tuesday to approve a bill that decriminalizes one ounce of marijuana.

Marijuana decriminalization bill approved by Senate Judiciary; bill moves to Senate floor for debate

Marijuana decriminalization bill approved by Senate Judiciary; bill moves to Senate floor for debate

Marijuana decrim bill passes in House after lengthy debate

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The lone victorious amendment makes it a misdemeanor for someone over 21 to possess any amount of marijuana on school property.

Committee drills into details of marijuana decriminalization bill

An officer shows House Judiciary Ziploc bags containing 1 ounce and 2 ounces of marijuana. Photo by Alicia Freese

Donovan argued that people charged with marijuana possession are “treated differently and unequally depending on the county they are charged in and the legal representation they can afford.”

Marijuana decriminalization bills filed in Statehouse

The much-anticipated marijuana decriminalization legislation has surfaced at the Statehouse. Two bills have been introduced — one in the House and one in the Senate — that would remove criminal penalties for marijuana possession. On Tuesday, Rep. Chris Pearson, along with 38 co-sponsors, introduced a bill in the House to make the penalty for possession […]

Marijuana decriminalization tabled till next year

Jason Lorber, October, 2011. Burlington, VT. (BEN SARLE | PHOTO)

Rep. Jason Lorber seemed optimistic that next year the tri-partisan authorship of the bill and input from Commissioner Keith Flynn would appease more socially conservative voters as well as law enforcement.

Digger Tidbits: Bill ballet in the Senate

Senate President Pro-Tem John Campbell. VTD/Josh Larkin

Campbell supports plan for CVPS ratepayer payback; prescription drug database plan to go warrantless; another round of decrim in the offing; BISHCA moniker is no more

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