Vermont Legislature Votes Yes on Recreational Marijuana


Provided Governor Phil Scott does not veto the measure when it hits his desk, Vermont will become the next state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

The House approved measure S.22 by a count of 79-66, setting the stage for legal weed in Vermont for adults over the age of 21, effective July 2018.

Should the Governor sign off, Vermont would be the ninth state in the U.S. to end cannabis prohibition, and the third in New England after Massachusetts and Maine.

Of note, the passing of this law would make Vermont the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana through legislation instead of a ballot initiative. Vermont does not conduct ballot initiatives, meaning all bills must be brought forth by lawmakers during legislative sessions.

The Vermont state Senate approved S.22 last week by a tally of 20-9, moving the measure along onto the House for a final vote.

Governor Scott, a Republican who took a “never-say-never” stance when asked about cannabis legalization last Fall and supports industrial hemp, has not indicated yet whether he will veto the bill. Rebecca Kelley, Gov. Scott’s Spokeswoman, went on Vermont Public Radio Tuesday to let listeners know that the Governor was still reviewing S.22. Kelley added that Gov. Scott still has concerns about drivers operating their vehicles while stoned.

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  1. Maybe they should tip him off to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) report on Feb, 2015. It shows quite clearly that the drug of concern on our highways is alcohol, none of the others. Marijuana was lowest with a 1 to 1 chance of an accident basically being equal to no drug. However this is not a suggestion that you should drive loaded.

    If I remember this completely, it was done in North or South Carolina and the state was a no marijuana state. The interesting part is that the percentage of drivers with THC (Not the metabolite THC-COOH) was almost 50% had ‘recent’ use of marijuana.

    Colorado is now saying their lower fatal traffic accidents are due to people using marijuana over alcohol. Their stats that came out after the elections indicate a turn downward of minors using marijuana. Legalize, regulate (for now) and educate equals success.

    I’m only finding the cached version, but google “nhtsa feb 2015 report” and get the PDF.

    Here is a link to an article from car and driver.

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