Vermont Marijuana News

Every week’s there’s a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here’s a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

10. New York

New York is one of the most liberal states in America. And yet, it continues to keep recreational marijuana illegal. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has expressed concern about smoking marijuana. Smokeable and edible marijuana are not available in the state’s medical program. However, there remains strong support within the state to expand both the medical marijuana program and allow recreational use. Considering how powerful liberal voices are in the state, Cuomo may not be able to resist the legalization movement for long.

9. Rhode Island

Unlike many states that have legalized recreational marijuana, Rhode Island has no ballot initiative process where voters can

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A lawsuit over a vehicle search after a traffic stop based on the alleged odor of cannabis is headed to the Vermont Supreme Court after being thrown out by a lower court in May, according to a VT Digger report. The lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Gregory Zullo alleges that the Rutland resident was improperly pulled over and searched, and his vehicle illegally seized.

According to court documents outlined by the Digger, Zullo, an African-American state resident, was stopped in March 2014 by Trooper Lewis Hatch – who has since been fired – and ordered to exit his vehicle “based on the alleged odor of burnt marijuana.”

“Hatch seized Mr. Zullo unnecessarily for an hour and had Mr. Zullo’s car towed to the barracks for a search, which revealed no contraband,” the ACLU’s docketing statement states. “To retrieve his car, Mr. Zullo walked and hitch-hiked eight miles home through sub-freezing temperatures, waited several hours at the barracks, and was forced to pay a $150 fee.”

Criminal charges were never filed against Zullo. Hatch was fired for

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Justice Beth Robinson speaks during a Vermont Supreme Court hearing. Pool file photo by April McCullum/Burlington Free PressA lawsuit over a traffic stop in Wallingford and subsequent vehicle search that police justified based on a whiff of marijuana is heading to the Vermont Supreme Court.

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in 2014 on behalf of Gregory Zullo, of Rutland, alleging a state trooper improperly pulled over, searched and impounded his vehicle.

The video of the traffic stop, posted on YouTube by the ACLU, has had more than 63,000 views.

A judge earlier this year granted summary judgment to the state, throwing out the lawsuit. Now the ACLU is appealing to the state’s highest court on Zullo’s behalf.

Formal arguments have not been filed in the appeal. However, the ACLU did submit a “docketing statement” to the Vermont Supreme Court on Friday afternoon, briefly highlighting issues in the case.

“In March 2014, Plaintiff Gregory Zullo, an African-American Vermonter, was stopped in his car by then-state Trooper Lewis Hatch without lawful cause. Subsequent to the

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Published: Aug 19, 2017, 8:03 am • Updated: Aug 18, 2017, 5:50 pm

EAST BURKE, Vt. — Eli Harrington thinks holding the first-ever Vermont Hemp Festival in the rural, remote Northeast Kingdom makes perfect sense.

Harrington and Monica Donovan, co-founders of Heady Vermont, chose to have their inaugural hemp conference in the NEK because the Kingdom has an important history with hemp.

“The last time hemp was prevalent in the NEK, a couple of guys from the St. Johnsbury Hemp Company named Fairbanks changed the world,” says Harrington.

Harrington said the platform scale invention by the Fairbanks Scales Company was inspired by the need to weigh hemp crops at the St. Johnsbury Hemp Company in the 1830s.

The festival is planned for Sept. 9 at the new hotel and conference center at Burke Mountain.

Heady Vermont, the event’s organizer, is a 2-year-old grassroots statewide network and digital media company in Burlington’s South End Arts and Business District.

According to Harrington, “Heady Vermont covers everything from statehouse happenings to artists to investigative

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Heady Vermont: What is your personal background—age, where you were born, any academic background, other interesting details that make you, YOU!

I’m a New Englander, born and bred! Although I have never studied art formally, I do have a degree in psychology, which one could argue is pretty relatable to the work I’m doing in the studio now.

HVT: Your profile as an artist—from where do you draw inspiration, what media do you prefer, how would you describe your style?

I’m inspired by emotions, which I think most people can relate to. Our connections, our community, the way we choose to interact in our relationships. Sometimes that feels like lightness and positivity, sometimes that feels like explosions and confusion. Whatever I end up drawing to express those feelings, finds its way to the paper by way of pen and black ink (sometimes red ink, too, if there’s blood involved). 

HVT: How long have you been in Vermont and do you feel that your art has a connection to your setting in VT?

I have had an on-again-off-again relationship with Vermont

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Vermont state Sen. Peg Flory, Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan and Vermont ACLU policy director Chloé White talk about challenges posed to marijuana legalization by potential conflicts between state and federal law.Lawmakers discussing legalizing marijuana in Vermont have not taken into account the drug’s prohibition at the federal level, a state senator said Wednesday.

Sen. Peg Flory, R-Rutland, spoke on a panel that discussed conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. The panel was hosted by the Vermont chapter of the Federalist Society, a conservative membership organization that supports limited government.

The event, open to the public, was largely geared toward lawyers. Thomas Little, who represented Shelburne in the Vermont House from 1992 to 2002, moderated the discussion.

Earlier this year, the Legislature approved a bill — ultimately vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott — that would have allowed Vermont adults to possess small quantities of pot and to grow a limited number of plants.

Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, a former federal prosecutor, said that, despite the spreading legalization of medical and recreational marijuana at the state level, its use is still

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An oil derived from the hemp plant is popping up on menus all across the state.

Fans of cannabidiol, CBD for short, say it eases the symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders.

In Stowe earlier this month, Green Goddess Café owners Athena Scheidet and Tim Callahan announced their plans to offer smoothies and coffee drinks containing CBD.

Now, Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe is crafting truffles and confections containing CBD, and Waterbury’s Zenbarn is creating cocktails with a CBD twist.

CBD is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin to the marijuana plant, but it won’t get you high. It contains minuscule amounts of THC, the intoxicating compound in marijuana.

Fans say CBD increases their feelings of calm and focus, and can have an effect on chronic pain, insomnia and even neurological conditions like autism.

However, while cannabidiol does appear to have many therapeutic properties in cell and animal studies, there haven’t been FDA-approved, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of CBD

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Around New England cannabis conventions, Canna Care Docs are easily recognizable by their medical green ‘scrubs’, which simply and succinctly describe their work: providing qualified medical professionals and educational resources to get people signed up as legal medical marijuana patients.

On Monday night, Heady Vermont confirmed that Canna Care Docs plan to open their first Vermont office in Burlington in the South End Arts and Business District at 388 Pine Street, next to Arts Riot!. Phone calls and email outreach for opening dates were not returned as of press time but we look forward to sharing more information as we have it.

It’s noteworthy that the listed address for the Canna Care Docs Burlington location on Pine Street would also be located near — or inside — Green State Gardener, a Vermont business co-founded by Dylan and Kelsey Raap, children of Gardeners’ Supply Company Founder Will Raap. VTDigger reported this week that Will Raap and fellow Vermont entrepreneur Alan Newman, Co-Founder of Magic Hat Brewery and Seventh Generation, had applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license and even

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Vermont Business MagazineAs the future of recreational and medical marijuana remains uncertain, the national hemp industry is growing and Vermont remains one of seventeen states where hemp cultivation is legal under state law. Forbes recently reported that the legal CBD hemp market is estimated to grow 700% by 2020 alone — to say nothing of hemp oil fuels, plastics, food products, paper, fabric, building materials and other markets that continue to develop as more states allow production of agricultural hemp.

Hemp is defined practically as cannabis that has less than .3% of the compound THC, the cannabinoid of the plant showing psychoactive effects. Historically, hemp was a government-mandated crop grown by American settlers (and carried by sailors) and even inspired Vermont’s own industrial revolution via the Fairbanks Scales, originally invented to weigh wagon loads of hemp.

In its promotional materials, Hemp Fest orgainizers said, “The last time hemp was prevalent in the NEK, a couple of guys from the St Johnsbury Hemp Company named Fairbanks changed the world,” in referring to Fairbanks Scales.

In light of the surge in agricultural

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The founder of Vermont-based Magic Hat Brewing Company, Alan Newman, has partnered with the founder and chairman of Gardener’s Supply, Will Raap, hoping to secure the state’s fifth medical cannabis license, according to a VT Digger report. Newman and Raap are aiming to build their production facility in Randolph with dispensaries in Lyndonville and Winooski.

Newman and Raap are members of the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative, along with former Gov. Peter Shumlin’s chief of staff, who in 2015 released a report that purported a taxed-and-regulated cannabis industry in the state could create 4,000 direct and indirect jobs. The report cites a 2014 RAND Institute study that found Vermonters consume between 33,000 and 55,000 pounds of cannabis per year.

“A more accurate description of legalization is that it’s a way to regulate a currently large and uncontrolled economy,” the report says.

The duo indicated that they were hesitant to apply for a license because they assumed that the new license would go to a Bennington operator. At least one applicant has applied to operate in the city, which borders New York and is home

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