Originally published in The Commons issue #448 (Wednesday, February 28, 2018). This story appeared on page D1.
I urge Vermont senators not to accept the proposed amendment to S.216, which would restrict the ability of medical marijuana patients — who now may grow two mature plants and up to seven immature plants — to the right to grow only two mature plants and four immature plants. The bill would also pare down the ability of medical marijuana patients to possess 2 ounces to 1 ounce.
My husband is a medical marijuana patient. He suffers from two distinct medical conditions that qualify him for a medical marijuana card. He has worked hard and studied hard to locate and grow various strains that relieve his symptoms.
As you might expect, there are many different strains, and some work better for him than others. Also, as with pharmaceuticals, if a strain is used over a long period of time, tolerance is developed and it is necessary to change the plants grown.
A significant lead time is needed to make sure my