Vermont Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Marijuana
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Vermont Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on January 10, 2018 at 13:17:43 PT
By Scott Malone
Source: Reuters
Vermont -- Republican Governor Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure last week. Although Vermont is one of the most politically liberal states, it is also one of 23 in the nation that do not allow ballot initiatives.The Vermont bill would allow those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two adult plants and four immature plants beginning on July 1. It does not immediately clear the way for retail sales of the drug, leaving that up to a commission created last year to study how to tax and regulate it.
Passage would put the state directly at odds with the Trump administration. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy easing enforcement of federal laws banning the drug in eight states where it is legal.“Vermont in particular doesn’t care very much what the attorney general thinks,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. “With the way this bill is written, having a few plants, there’s nothing that the feds could do even if they wanted to.”Law enforcement groups in Vermont have criticized the legalization drive, saying the drug poses health risks and that there is no way to quickly test drivers who might be intoxicated by marijuana.Neighboring Massachusetts, nearby Maine and six other states have legalized marijuana use as a result of voter initiatives.New Hampshire’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a similar bill to legalize recreational marijuana use. That state’s governor, Republican Chris Sununu, has said he opposes legalization.Marijuana advocates say that legalizing sales of the drug will help to phase out the existing illegal market and allow states to take in additional tax revenue.Five of the first states to legalize the drug - Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada - together generated more than $485 million in tax revenue off marijuana sales in the first nine months of 2017, according to an analysis by the Marijuana Policy Project.Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Andrew HaySource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Scott MalonePublished: January 10, 2018Copyright: 2018 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on January 16, 2018 at 08:06:07 PT
RChandar, my friend. 
It's always good to see you.I try not to demonize him or make fun of him, or anyone, for that matter. He does a pretty good job of demonizing himself with the obvious zeal that he goes after after people that irk him and how he, obviously, loves an unjust law more than he loves human beings. If he loves the rule of law so much... he needs to make sure that law is worthwhile, clean, and just. There's really no reason on God's green earth why cannabis should be illegal in a sane country.Maybe I am demonizing him by mentioning his eye shine when he sees the possibility of busting heads. 
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on January 14, 2018 at 06:10:11 PT
It is as expected.
Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall
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Comment #8 posted by rchandar on January 13, 2018 at 16:21:20 PT:
Personally, I don't know, Hope. Demonizing Sessions won't get results--unless you mean firing him.Holland went through this. We should be heedful of the fact that weed there survived three conservative governments.Good people don't smoke? I doubt that. I do not believe weed is a strong drug. And anyone can tell you that very little treatment is needed to come off it.Still I will State the obvious fact: arrests tripled under Clinton, and Hillary called drug use 'a disease.' The Pope declared it a 'sin' in 1997.Politicians and institutions denied millions of people their rights as humans. Don't demonize Sessions, fight him.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on January 13, 2018 at 12:42:00 PT
It's apparently a word, but not the one I meant.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on January 13, 2018 at 10:39:37 PT
I do practice complaining about various aspects of injustice stemming from the drug war. It's hideous.It's been hideous for a very long time and people just sat by and watched all hell rain down on people in an obviously unjust era of demonetization and unexpected terror. The injustices are many, and very. very grave.It's getting better in some ways. Maybe. Maybe we just don't know. But some people still want to catch and punish people over something like plants and plant matter, medicine, and food... even other stuff. Sessions wants to pounce and eat people up like he used to. He was a career prosecutor and rose to elected law maker. He's prosecuting again. He was a zealous prosecutor. He is now. His eyes seem to glow with the desire to do so. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on January 13, 2018 at 10:16:23 PT
Off Topic
What do you practice?!
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Comment #4 posted by rchandar on January 11, 2018 at 16:34:23 PT:
Session, Anyone?
It's farcical. If you crack down on recreational the whole trade goes to organized crime.Gardner didn't fail to make his point. It's an international issue: the Dutch had to make the same decision. Legal MJ frees up the government's hand to crack down on the illegal trade. Of course, I kind of knew. Sessions still envisions a moral conscious that can't be universal in today's world.If you're going to automate the economy and give all your power to robots, weed is good for basically everyone because humans will retain their autonomous practices and beliefs. 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on January 10, 2018 at 17:42:23 PT
So they met & this is informative.
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner Continues His Standoff With Jeff Sessions Over Marijuana"""In an interview with NPR, he suggests that if the Department of Justice doesn't back off, it might spur Congress to act."""Gardner described a conversation with the attorney general in which he emphasized two themes — states' rights and sticking by one's word. (Sessions told Gardner, something to the effect that He would let Colorado et al. continue...)""" — while Sessions played down the significance of the policy shift. !!!-0-I for 1, don't trust Sessions assertion, playing down the policy shift. (like it's not significant)Gardner!Also on record; another instance of a politician coming out saying they opposed RE-legalizing cannabis but now they support it (for Gardner under the pretense of states rights because His constituents wanted it by way of voting for it).In fact, Gardner points out further, """I'm pretty sure if the election were held again today, it'd probably pass with an even higher margin today than it did just several years ago."
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on January 10, 2018 at 16:18:18 PT
Like Your previous comment:"The Sessions Effect!"-0-And so Vermont wins the legislative category. Right?Beating out N.H. by days or hours???That's one for the history books.But as of this moment, Wed. 1/10/18, 5:17 mountain time, neither has actually made the final signature point...It's still a RACE?
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on January 10, 2018 at 15:59:25 PT
I love ya!You are moving mountains, ha, ha!
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