Reporting to the commission will be three subcommittees: on road safety, public health including impacts on youth, and how to tax and regulate a legal marijuana market.
Vermont should view the resource curve with respect to legal cannabis and plan accordingly.
The issue of “whether an officer or court can treat someone believed to possess a decriminalized amount of marijuana as a criminal is an issue of substantial public interest,” the ACLU says.
Bernie Barriere, of Vermont Green Grow, said the area is underserved because of the lack of a local dispensary. He is one of apparently two applicants in the area.
The panel will focus on safety impacts and may eventually look into sales and regulation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to use Justice Department dollars to go after medical marijuana providers. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., offered language banning such spending.
In a previous case, footage indicated a Burlington police officer lied about smelling marijuana coming from the man’s car. Rutland police now say they found the man with drugs.
Whatever standard we ultimately adopt for drugged driving, be clear that standard will be arbitrary, informed by political reality every bit as much as best medical practices.
They aim to reduce binge drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse among young people. Statistics suggest more county youth who use marijuana are frequent users versus the state as a whole.
Many familiar with the efforts say paid lobbying is just one part of a mosaic of initiatives from a variety of players.
The legislation swiftly passed the Senate, but House lawmakers didn’t agree to suspend parliamentary rules so they could take it up in Wednesday’s brief veto session.
Neither the governor nor the House minority leader showed any inclination to pressure Republicans to allow a rules suspension that would be needed to push a bill through the planned brief veto session.
The marijuana industry is happy to banter about all the tax money generated by selling their product. I have been living that promise for the last four years.
House Republican leaders have indicated that they are not likely to accept a rules suspension. If they follow through with that threat, they would effectively kill the bill for this year.