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Vermont Libertarian Party Urges Vermont House to Add Home Growing Back into Legalization Bill

News Release — Vermont Libertarian Party
March 30, 2016

Jeremy Ryan, Chair
Vermont Libertarian Party
PO Box 5475
Burlington VT 05402-5475
Email: [email protected]

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As a cannabis legalization bill receives a public hearing in the Vermont House of Representatives, the Vermont Libertarian Party would like to highlight concerns shared by many that the absence of a home growing provision will limit the bill’s chances to decrease the black market as much as allowing home growing will.

Legalization of cannabis is NOT all about the tax revenue. Legalization is also about reducing the black market for all drugs as much as possible, for a safer Vermont. Libertarians don’t want to see adults getting arrested or fined for a medicinal and recreational substance which is actually far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Nor do we want people to have to buy cannabis from dealers who might also sell opioids and other harder, drugs. We don’t think this should wait until 2018.

Allowing home growing and personal transfer between adults within the possession limits allowed, is the best way to accomplish the need for Vermonters to not have to buy drugs trafficked into our state illegally.

Legal home growing will allow Vermonters to develop their cannabis cultivation skills to support an artisan cannabis industry, so we are not bombarded solely by over-commercialized product when the retail market is finally opened.

Vermont Libertarian Party Vice Chair Bonnie Scott has a message for the legislature: “Let’s do cannabis legalization right. Let’s do it ‘The Vermont Way’ that we were told would happen. That includes home growing.

The plant-based growing provisions in S.95 would be a decent compromise if the legislature isn’t comfortable with the 100 square feet of garden per household allowed by the original Benning/White bill.”

The Vermont Libertarian Party congratulates the Vermont Senate in taking an important first step towards legalization of cannabis, a position that the majority of adult Vermonters support. We urge the House to pass a more comprehensive bill that includes home growing.

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  • Bob Orleck

    Quote from Vermont Libertarian Party: “Legalization of cannabis is NOT all about the tax revenue. Legalization is also about reducing the black market for all drugs as much as possible, for a safer Vermont.”

    Surely this must have been intended as an April Fools joke. S.241 is about almost nothing but tax revenue. You want us to believe you are not trying to fool us then take the position that the bill goes too far!

    Tell the legislature to allow for personal users to grow and use small amounts. This might give some credibility to the second part of the statement that says it is about “reducing the black market”. Can’t see how it would reduce the market “for all drugs” but such a limited bill might reduce the demand from illegal sellers of marijuana.

    The Party should also be realistic. If we believe Senator Sears, he will not allow such home growing to happen and I would hope he would be true to his word and work to kill the bill if it happens.

    The stores established under the law will in fact encourage illegal drug dealers because they can readily compete with high overhead stores whose product will be not only expensive because of that but because the state cartel will be getting its 25% cut of the dirty drug money and that means a really expensive product. The marijuana stores will do nothing but damage Vermont, Vermonters and will do nothing to eliminate the black market.

    Thanks for the April Fools Joke laugh.

    • Robert Joseph

      While I get your point, it sounds like you’re saying the same thing as the VTLP

      It shouldn’t be about revenue, shouldn’t be a “legal” monopoly for a chosen few providers and home grow should be included.