State Legislatures Are Making History, But Still Have a Long Way to Go
Guest post by Karen O’Keefe, Director of State Policies at Marijuana Policy Project
Hundreds of cannabis-related bills have been introduced since state legislatures began reconvening in January, making 2018 one of the busiest years ever for marijuana policy in state capitols. It has also been one of the most historic.
Prior to this year, no state had ever legalized marijuana through the legislative process. That changed in January, when the Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to legalize adult possession and cultivation just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was rescinding the Cole memo. The Senate followed suit, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law, and less than six months later, on July 1, it took effect.
Despite this pivotal victory, there is still work to be done in Vermont to establish a regulated adult-use marijuana market. Gov. Scott made it clear he would veto any bill that included commercial cultivation and sales if it were sent to him