Vermont Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

Vermont Expands Medical Marijuana Conditions List

Omar Sacirbey  | June 7, 2016

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation expanding the list of qualifying conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana, a move that will benefit local dispensaries by significantly increasing the program’s patient base.

The new law adds glaucoma and chronic pain to the list of approved conditions, while patients under hospice care …

Opiate ‘Crisis’ Hampering MJ Legalization in New England

John Schroyer  | April 21, 2016

Proponents for legal recreational marijuana in two New England states have run into headwinds because of the region’s growing problem of opiate abuse.

The opiate outbreak has made New England lawmakers and public officials more wary of legalization, posing a potentially serious obstacle to the marijuana industry’s expansion in the region.

Vermont, for example, was widely …

Week in Review: Marijuana Legalization Developments in Pennsylvania, Ohio & Vermont

John Schroyer  | April 15, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Pennsylvania becomes the first legalization domino to fall in 2016, Ohio lawmakers offer up their vision of medical cannabis in the state, and hopes for recreational marijuana in Vermont take a huge hit.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Week in Review: Oregon MJ Boost, Support for Vermont Rec Bill & New York Blues

John Schroyer  | April 1, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries get some great news, Vermont’s governor throws his weight behind a recreational marijuana bill, and New York’s fledgling MMJ program continues to struggle.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Vermont governor criticizes Massachusetts rec initiative

Omar Sacirbey  | March 29, 2016

A battle is brewing between two New England states over which has the better cannabis legalization proposal.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said a recreational legalization bill recently approved by his state’s Senate and now being considered by its House of Representatives is superior to a recreational legalization ballot measure in Massachusetts that backers expect to …

Rec legalization no slam dunk in Vermont

Omar Sacirbey  | March 1, 2016

One of the prime states expected to legalize adult use cannabis this year via its legislature may not get across the goal line after all.

A legalization bill won a narrow victory in the Vermont state Senate last week, but getting a legalization bill passed in the state’s House of Representatives will be …

Vermont legalization group unveils TV ad

Omar Sacirbey  | January 26, 2016

A marijuana legalization group in Vermont has unveiled a television ad featuring a white-bearded, bow-tied former state attorney general who laments the pitfalls of prohibition and urges marijuana legalization.

The ad, “Time to End Prohibition (Again),” begins airing Tuesday, and will appear on WCAX, a local channel, as well as affiliates …

Marijuana Legalization Push Begins in Vermont Legislature

John Schroyer  | January 21, 2016

By John Schroyer

Vermont could be poised to make marijuana history this year.

The state is considered a prime candidate to legalize recreational cannabis in 2016 – not through voters, but via lawmakers.