Vermont Marijuana News

Following Historic Bill to End Cannabis Prohibition, Heady Vermont to Host Family-Friendly Celebration at Lang Farm on July 1, the Day Legalization Goes Into Effect.

Celebration will feature an exhibition of local Vermont growers and producers, live music, glassblowing, a seed and clone swap, food trucks, growing demonstrations and door prizes.

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – Following the Vermont legislature’s historic bill legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott signing the bill into law, Heady Vermont will host a celebration for members and the general public on July 1 – the day legalization goes into effect – at The Barns at Lang Farm in Essex.

The event will feature an exhibition of local Vermont vendors including growers, CBD producers and more, live music, a seed and clone swap, food trucks, cannabis growing demonstrations, and door prizes.

For the last two years, Heady Vermont has engaged in an ongoing effort to foster positive dialogue about all things cannabis, strengthen the relationship between the burgeoning hemp industry and the citizens of Vermont, and dismantle decades of fear and misinformation

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In a file photo, David Lipton, managing partner of Advanced Grow Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in West Haven, one of four legalized growers of medical cannabis in Connecticut, as part of the state’s 2012 program. On Monday, Vermont became the ninth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults. The law, effective July 1, might revive the debate in Connecticut about legalizing the drug for adult recreational use. less In a file photo, David Lipton, managing partner of Advanced Grow Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in West Haven, one of four legalized growers of medical cannabis in Connecticut, as part of the … more Photo: Peter Hvizdak / ©2015 Peter Hvizdak

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The Advanced Grow Labs facility in West Haven.

The Advanced Grow Labs facility in West Haven.

Photo: Peter Hvizdak / ©2015 Peter Hvizdak

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With today’s signing by Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont becomes America’s ninth state to legalize the adult use of cannabis and the first to legalize through a state legislature.

Congratulations, Vermont!

Now, what does it actually mean?

Vermont’s legalization law is one of the tightest in the nation. You may possess a limited amount, but you may not buy or sell.

That’s where it gets complicated. Vermont’s new legalization law, which takes effect on July 1, 2018, is one of the nation’s most limited legalization regimes. The new law allows for small and private home grows, possession, and consumption. It does not set up a regulated system for commercial farming or sales. That, hopefully, will come a little later down the road. Gov. Scott’s Marijuana Advisory Committee is scheduled to deliver a report by Dec. 15 that lays out recommendations for a legal, regulated state system.

The top-line brief: As of July 1, possession of up to one ounce of cannabis flower is legal for adults age 21 and older. Possession of up to five grams of hashish will also

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(Reuters) – Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. It does not legalize trade in the drug.

“Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511,” Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.

He noted that he had vetoed an earlier version of the bill that would have opened up sales of the drug, saying that a state commission would have time for further study before allowing a retail trade in recreational pot.

Neighboring Massachusetts, nearby Maine and six other states have legalized marijuana use as a result of voter initiatives.

A woman holds marijuana for sale at the MedMen store in West Hollywood. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

New Hampshire’s House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a similar bill to legalize

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Vermont made history today, becoming the ninth state to legalize marijuana and the first to do so through the legislative process. Last week, both houses of the state legislature passed H. 511, a bill that made it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of bud or five grams of hash, and to cultivate up to two mature plants and four immature plants at home. Today, as promised, Republican Governor Phil Scott signed the bill. “I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children,” Governor Scott wrote in a press release.

“It’s an exciting time, we’re witnessing history,” says Justin Strekal, political director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. So far, all other cannabis legalization measures have gone through ballot initiatives approved by citizen voters, rather than by lawmakers themselves. Vermont just set a precedent for other states to follow suit, such as

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Published: Jan 21, 2018, 7:52 pm • Updated: Jan 22, 2018, 2:28 pm

Update January 22, 2pm ET: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs marijuana legalization bill “with mixed emotions”

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign the state’s marijuana legalization bill by the end of the day, The Associated Press reported Monday morning

Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelly says the governor has until 11:59 p.m. Monday to sign the bill.

The AP previously reported that Scott’s deadline for when he must sign the state’s marijuana legalization bill has arrived, but it was uncle it’s unclear if he has signed it into law.

Scott said previously that he intended to privately sign the pot bill before Monday. It wasn’t clear Sunday afternoon if he had made good on that promise. Emails and phone calls from The Associated Press to Scott’s office were not returned by Sunday afternoon.

Scott said previously that he’s declining to hold a bill signing ceremony because “some people don’t feel that this is a momentous occasion.”

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Vermont is poised to join eight other US states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State – as well as Washington, DC, that have legalized personal adult use of marijuana. What makes Vermont unique is that it will be ending the prohibition by an act of the legislature rather than the voters.

The Vermont Senate approved a bill January 10 allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and to cultivate up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants.  Vermont’s Republican Governor, Phil Scott, has indicated he will approve the bill.

Undetered by Sessions’ threats 

Vermont’s move is a rebuke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who less than a week earlier had rescinded Obama-era guidance allowing states to implement their own marijuana laws with limited federal interference.

“By voting to legalize marijuana use, Vermont’s legislature is standing up to the regressive, harmful policies coming out of Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department,” said Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Other states and policymakers should follow suit,

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When Winston Churchill’s party lost an election in 1945, evicting him from the job of prime minister of Britain, his wife ventured that the defeat might be “a blessing in disguise.” He replied, “Well, at the moment, it’s certainly very well-disguised.”

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse the Justice Department’s previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors “to enforce the laws enacted by Congress.” That directive poses a threat to cannabis growers, dispensaries, investors and users who had been operating under a permissive regime.

“This is going to create chaos in the dozens of states whose voters have chosen to regulate medical and adult use (of) marijuana rather than leaving it in the hands of criminals,” said Neill Franklin, executive director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, which favors legalization. The Drug Enforcement Administration could raid dispensaries that states have allowed, as it did under President George W. Bush and even under Barack Obama.

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:ITHUF) is one of the big explosions in play right now. The stock is up 165% in the past month on huge volume after announcing an accelerated path in its pivot into the cannabis space. The focus has been on acquiring GrowHealthy Holdings, LLC, which could place the company as a serious player in the space in the Southeastern US. And recent catalysts appear to confirm this path, sending shares sharply higher.

To wit: the company just announced that it has acquired through merger and acquisition transactions substantially all of the assets of GrowHealthy, and certain related subsidiaries. According to the release, “the acquisition completes iAnthus‘ full-scale entry into the rapidly expanding Florida medical cannabis market, which is projected by Arcview Market Research to grow into a US$1 billion market by 2020 and which has seen a 300% increase in the number of registered patients over the past six (6) months. iAnthus previously acquired approximately six percent (6%) of GrowHealthy in a preferred share purchase in October 2017.”

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:ITHUF) bills itself as a

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