Vermont Marijuana News

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug.

St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

Police say Marshall told them he thought marijuana would be legalized soon, so he wanted to get an early start on growing it for future sale.

The possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in the state of Vermont, but it is still illegal for recreational use.

Police issued Marshall a citation to appear in court next month.

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Published: Apr 26, 2017, 9:58 am • Updated: Apr 26, 2017, 9:58 am

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug.

St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

Police say Marshall told them he thought marijuana would be legalized soon, so he wanted to get an early start on growing it for future sale.

The possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in the state of Vermont, but it is still illegal for recreational use.

Police issued Marshall a citation to appear in court next month.

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Researchers have concluded that medical marijuana laws are a contributing factor to increased illegal use and abuse of the drug.

In a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry, researchers noted a significant increase in illegal cannabis use and so-called cannabis-use disorders in states with medical marijuana laws.

“Given the potential consequences of use and persistent disability associated with cannabis use disorders, this represents a serious public health problem,” the scientists wrote.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana laws. Eight states and the District have recreational pot laws.

Marijuana or a form of it is used to treat several conditions — from alleviating painful side effects including: cancer treatment or other fatal diseases, controlling seizures, as a muscle relaxer, treating post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and anxiety.

“Medical marijuana laws may benefit some with medical problems. However, changing state laws (medical or recreational) may also have adverse public health consequences,” the researchers wrote.

They conclude that professionals and the public should be educated on the risks of cannabis use and

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — For the second year, the Hemp Road Trip will make a stop in Vermont in Burlington on Wednesday, April 26 and in Montpelier on Thursday, April 27. On Wednesday, the Hemp Road Trip bus will be at the University of Vermont and in downtown Burlington during the day, and at the Cannabis Entrepreneurship Event in the evening hosted by KIND Consulting at Main Street Landing on the Burlington waterfront. April 27 will be a ‘hemp lobbying day’ in Montpelier at the state house with a lobbying schedule that includes mention of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

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Police in St. Albans, Vermont, say a drug suspect told them he wanted to grow pot on his property in order to be ready for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

St. Albans police said they were called to assist game wardens with an investigation into a possible hunting violation Sunday, after wardens confronted a man who then fled into a house.

“Wardens obtained written consent to search the residence and the outbuildings,” Lt. Ben Couture of the St. Albans Police Department said. “When they obtained that consent, they ended up seizing 13 marijuana plants and 27 smaller marijuana plants.”

The also seized seeds, police said, from 42-year-old Michael “Seth” Marshall of St. Albans.

According to police, the suspect told them he thought marijuana was going to become legalized at the state level soon, so he wanted to get a jump on growing it.

“I’ve heard, through my 33 years of practicing law, pretty much every comical response somebody would come up with to a police officer who’s about to bust them for something,” said Sen. Joe

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Last October, a couple from Philadelphia traveled to Sebastopol, California, a quiet town 50 miles north of San Francisco, to buy pot. They’d arranged the deal beforehand, the mood soured. Gunfire shattered the mild night. Two men were dead, a woman was critically injured, and 100 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 to $200,000 in cash were reportedly missing. The killers remain at large.

Crime haunts the edges of the cannabis industry. Sebastopol’s local newspaper reports that seven of the 26 people murdered in Sonoma County since 2013 died during marijuana deals.

“People get robbed all the time,” says Andrew DeAngelo, of Harborside, a dispensary in Oakland, California.

Although 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form, it’s still federally classified as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin and LSD. Legal marijuana businesses struggle to get bank accounts because at the federal level, they are seen as criminal enterprises.”

Banks and credit card companies blacklist cannabis businesses. Many dispensary operators stash money in home safes, hire security guards and install surveillance cameras. Armored cars deliver tax payments in suitcases and

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Entrepreneurship seminar will feature networking, sponsor gifts and speakers from CBD and medical industries

BURLINGTON, Vt. — At the tail end of the state’s inaugural Vermont Cannabis Week, the newly launched KIND Consulting is producing a cannabis entrepreneurship panel at Main Street Landing.

The event, “Cannabis Entrepreneurship: Tips from the Pros,” is a seminar aimed at those interested in getting involved in Vermont’s growing cannabis industry. Featured speakers include Tripp Murray, director of sales and business development at Champlain Valley Dispensary, Joel Bedard, founder of The Vermont Hemp Company, and Tito Bern, founder of Bern Gallery.

The evening opens at 6 p.m. with casual networking and cash bar service in the Atrium. At 7 p.m., attendees head into the Great Room where they will hear from a panel of industry experts (7-8 p.m.), followed by Q&A (8-8:30 p.m.). The Atrium and cash bar remain open until the evening wraps up at 10 p.m. Each attendee will receive a goodie bag stocked by Vermont Cannabis Week sponsors.

KIND Consulting is a full-service branding and marketing agency based out of Burlington, Vermont. KIND provides

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Police say a St. Albans man was arrested after admitting to growing marijuana.

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Officers said they were called to Sampson Point Road about 1 p.m. Sunday after Vermont Fish and Game wardens were investigating a hunting violation.

Police said Michael Marshall, 42, fled into a nearby home.

Marshall agreed to let officers search his home, where they found a marijuana grow operation.

Police said they found 13 mature marijuana plants, 27 smaller plants, marijuana seeds and multiple guns.

Marshall admitted to growing the marijuana “because he thought it was going to be legalized and he wanted to get a jump on growing it,” police said.

Marshall was issued a citation to appear May 15 in Franklin County Court on a charge of cultivating marijuana.

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[Press Release] MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Senate approved a bill on Friday that would regulate the production and sale of marijuana and eliminate penalties for personal possession and cultivation by adults 21 and older.

The Senate amended H. 167, an unrelated House-approved bill, to replace it with a revised version of a marijuana regulation bill that passed last year in the Senate and failed in the House. The Senate also amended H. 167 to include the same home cultivation provision that is included in H. 170, a bill that has been making its way through the House. H. 170 would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants. The Senate proposal would allow unlimited small-scale cultivation licenses for producers no larger than 500 sq feet. The marijuana regulation bill that failed in the House last year, S. 241, did not include a home cultivation provision.

The Senate-amended version of H. 167 will receive one final vote before

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BOSTON, Mass. — In the latest episode of the Vermontijuana Podcast, host Eli Harrington shares a recap of the New England Cannabis Convention (NECANN) 2017 at their third annual Boston show, this year held April 22-23 at the Hynes Convention Center in the heart of Boston. (Read the preview first here.)

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