By Thomas H. Clarke July 1, 2014
MONTPELIER, VT — A bill to improve Vermont’s medical marijuana program took effect Tuesday, eliminating the state-wide cap of 1,000 patients allowed to access medical marijuana dispensaries, naturopaths to certify patients, and allowing dispensaries to deliver medical marijuana to patients.
The provisions of Senate Bill 247, which was approved earlier this year, also include a study of whether post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be added as a qualifying condition, along with a study of how marijuana legalization and regulation would impact Vermont.
The bill as enacted also requires the Secretary of Administration to evaluate the potential impact of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults and report findings to the General Assembly on or before January 15, 2015 .
“It’s great to see that legislators are responding to the will of voters, who strongly support ending marijuana prohibition,” says New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, adding that the Washington, DC based group is planning to organize a state-wide campaign to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in the state.
A poll released in May found that 57% of Vermonters support regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol. Only 34% said they were opposed.
“Just about anyone who reviews the evidence objectively will arrive at the conclusion that prohibition has failed, and it’s time for a more sensible approach,” Simon said earlier this year. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol would replace the underground market with licensed, tax-paying businesses. There is a reason why we don’t see copious amounts of alcohol being illegally produced and trafficked around Vermont — because it’s regulated.”
The medical marijuana improvement bill was sponsored by Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham). A summary of the bill as enacted can be found here, and the complete text can be found here.
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