Vermont Recreational Marijuana Legalization
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Vermont Recreational Marijuana Legalization
Posted by CN Staff on July 01, 2018 at 14:51:33 PT
By Jason Lemon
Source: Newsweek
Vermont -- Recreational marijuana use officially became legal in Vermont on Sunday.Vermont is the ninth state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational use and also the first state in the country to do so through its legislature. The law was signed in January by the state’s governor, Phil Scott. Now, individuals 21 years of age or older in the state can legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and own up to six marijuana plants (two of which can be mature and four of which must be immature).
However, aspects of the state’s legalization remain ambiguous, with authorities saying some things will become more clear on a case-by-case basis. For instance, while possessing up to 1 ounce is legal, it’s unclear how police will enforce the rule with edibles, Burlington Free Press reported. The law is also vague about usage in public versus private as well as how a garden must be secured.Despite the confusion over technicalities, weed industry employees told local media they have seen a growing interest in their business.“We definitely have seen a ramp up in interest and very excited after today to introduce this hobby, this therapeutic and recreational hobby to a whole host of new people," Kelsy Raap, general manager of Green State Gardener, told Burlington Free Press.Speaking in support of the legislation, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman told local television station WCAX on Saturday that Vermont is “changing [its] laws to reflect what's happening in society.” Zuckerman pointed out that many people have been consuming marijuana for a long time illegally, and criminalization has negatively impacted people’s lives.“Many people have been in this state or around the country incarcerated, particularly people of color. It's an opportunity to change that and, you know, folks deserve their individual choices,” the lieutenant governor said.Although some points of the law remain unclear, there are still many things that are clearly forbidden. Using cannabis in a vehicle, just like consuming alcohol, is strictly prohibited for drivers and passengers. Smoking in federally maintained areas—such as Lake Champlain—is still a criminal offense, as weed is still completely illegal at the national level. And it’s still forbidden to sell weed throughout Vermont.Employees also should not assume that cannabis use will be seen the same by their employers as recreational drinking.“If [employers] drug test their employees, including for the presence of marijuana, employers can still do that,” Heather Wright, a Burlington-based employment lawyer told Vermont Public Radio. “For the most part, Vermont employers are allowed to take their own stance on what they do with drug use in the workplace.”At the same time, Wright said most employers in the state are “indifferent to what an employee does on their off hours.”Vermont’s implementation of legal recreational cannabis comes less than two weeks after Canada became the first wealthy Group of Seven (G-7) nation to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide. The North American country is also only the second country in the world to do so, following a decision made by Uruguay in 2013.Recreational marijuana is legal in eight other U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia. It has also been legalized for medical use in 30 states, but remains completely illegal under U.S. federal law.With Canada’s move, as well as more and more states moving to decriminalize and legalize, campaigners hope the U.S. will be next to remove the drug’s stigma at the national level.John Conroy, the president of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Canada branch, previously told Newsweek that Canada’s decision “will undoubtedly have some bearing on how things will ultimately play out federally in the U.S.”Addressing cannabis in the U.S. also has growing bipartisan support. Senators Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, and Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, have recently circulated legislation in Washington aiming to protect marijuana users who follow state regulations from prosecution. The bill also states that buying or selling pot would no longer be considered drug trafficking. Marijuana legalization is having its best year ever - From Canada to Vermont to Oklahoma to California, this has been a huge year for legalization advocates Commenting on the proposed bill, President Donald Trump said he “probably will end up supporting” it if it moves forward. The Republican Party of Texas also recently voted to officially support the decriminalization of cannabis and the use of medical marijuana.In addition to Warren and Gardner’s bill, several others have been put forward in Congress just this year.“Just a few short years ago it would have been inconceivable to imagine a leader of one of two major parties introduce a bill to de-schedule and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level,” Michael Liszewski, government affairs director for Americans for Safe Access, said in a press release emailed to Newsweek. “And yet, here we are in the very next session of Congress with several bills that would end federal marijuana prohibition introduced in the Senate by prominent members of both parties.”Source: Newsweek (US)Author:  Jason LemonPublished: July 1, 2018Copyright: 2018 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on July 08, 2018 at 12:32:12 PT
Hope and Afterburner
I love this song when it seems like all hope is lost for our country like now.  We will save our country from where it is headed now. I have Faith.                
Democracy is Coming To The USA:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on July 08, 2018 at 12:27:38 PT
I love that song and video. I have a number of Leonard Cohen's albums. 
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Comment #9 posted by afterburner on July 08, 2018 at 08:32:40 PT
Hope #8
Thank you, Hope.Wonderful music and performance. What a way to start my Sunday at home working on financials! (I pray for forgiveness for working on the Day of Rest, but deadlines demand it in busy work weeks.) There's another Canadian connection: the much covered song Hallelujah was written by Montreal's Leonard Cohen. After all we are all God's children, saints and sinners alike. Across the world's largest international border, we are brothers and sisters, parents and children, cousins and friends.Toronto has a powerful AM radio station, Zoomer Radio, 740 AM. They play Leonard Cohen's music regularly and much more. Many local US border states can receive the signal. I doubt if it reaches a the way to Texas, but the station is also available on the Internet. Two days after I was doing a mental search for a long forgotten name, my local paper ran a three page good news article: The Findhorn Feeling. Yes, that's it: Findhorn. To my delight and wonder I found that three pioneers who left the hurly-burly of city life and created an intentional community in Northeastern Scotland had not only survived but prospered. "Live long and prosper," said Leonard Nemoy's character Spock in Star Trek, reflecting his Jewish religious heritage. The Findhorn Feeling my morning prayer today, the following passage came to mind, God's answer to my prayer:Isaiah 40:30-31 21st Century King James Version (KJ21) "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;31 "but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint."The craft cannabis movement in Canada, that you mentioned in another thread, is also a goal of California growers. We Are the World, we are the children! Usa For Africa - We Are The World Lyrics"We are the world, we are the children"We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving "There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives "It's true we'll make a better day just you and me" U.S.A. For Africa - We Are the World a day full of blessings!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 07, 2018 at 15:10:14 PT
Hallelujah on Panflute Muenala
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 07, 2018 at 15:02:19 PT
Southern style sticky buds?
Craft cannabis. Like the "Craft cannabis" scene in Canada, which is looking pretty bright right now. Bright like the light of day. Daylight.Craft cannabis lobby comes to council Cliff 
I can see clearly now
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 07, 2018 at 06:00:18 PT
John Tyler
That would be a sight to behold.
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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on July 05, 2018 at 08:51:11 PT
What a thing to believe
Years ago when I was a young hipster visiting relatives in the South I would see these huge fields of tobacco and wonder why can’t these farmers be allowed to switch over to hemp and cannabis cultivation. They have the land, the farming skill, and the climate. They could get rid of tobacco which is not healthy and grow something that is truly good. What a game changer that would be. They could do well by doing good. Can you imagine Southern style sticky buds? What a thing to believe.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on July 03, 2018 at 07:14:22 PT
Even some Prohibitionists Are Seeing the ...
Handwriting on the Wall.The scales are falling from their eyes.Song to the Creator and cnews friends:There's a New World somewhere, they call the Promised Land
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 02, 2018 at 21:37:19 PT
In Utah as well!
Medical marijuana opponents drop lawsuit to keep initiative off the ballot
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on July 02, 2018 at 20:41:10 PT
There's lots of better news today!
FDA Approves First Drug Derived from Marijuana marijuana: Burlington shop and steady stream of customers celebrate legalization CANADA'S MARIJUANA THE NEW BITCOIN? STOCKS SURGE AFTER LEGALIZATION marijuana firm to build multimillion-dollar production facility in Cedar Rapids state’s first company to get a marijuana shop license says it will likely start selling pot in a ‘few weeks’ spoke, they want medical marijuana's to be thankful for.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on July 01, 2018 at 17:57:40 PT
Awesome news but so is this, FoM?
Hemp Soon Legal in USA!
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