Vermont can be added to the ever growing list of states where a majority of people support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 22, 2014 8:31 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 12:00 pm|
Starting next month possession of marijuana will be decriminalized in Vermont. Thursday afternoon Governor Peter Shumlin (D) officially signed into law a bill significantly reducing the penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The bill, H 200, was approved by large majorities in both the House and the Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 14, 2013 2:30 pm|
Vermont is just one small step away from decriminalizing marijuana. On Monday the Vermont House of Representatives gave the final approval to H. 200, sending it to Governor Peter Shumlin (D). Shumlin is a strong supporter of marijuana decriminalization who has been pushing for this change. He is expected to sign the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 pm|
Vermont took another important step towards decriminalizing marijuana. The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to H. 200 in a voice vote. The bill was previously approved by the House but it was amended by the Senate so it will need to return to the House for another vote.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 7, 2013 1:58 pm|
The big advances for marijuana reform still tend to come during election years when initiatives are put on the ballot, but there are already some promising signs for possible legislative victories in 2013. Across the country several marijuana reform bills have been introduced in the state legislatures that either stand a decent chance of becoming law this year or will at least significantly advance the issue of reform. Hopefully, the fact the voters in Colorado and Washington State recently came out so strongly for full legalization will convince politicians across the country that the electorate wants change.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 6, 2013 12:22 pm|
Vermont may soon follow its New England neighbors in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. A tri-partisan bill has recently been introduced in the state House that would make the penalty for adults caught with less than two ounces of marijuana simply a $100 fine. A similar bill was also introduced in the state Senate but it would set the limit at one ounce.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 5:52 am|
This is good news for progressives given that Gov. Shumlin is one of the most liberal Democratic governors in office. He is both strongly pro-choice and pro-marriage equality. Shumlin helped lead the fight for Vermont’s marriage equality law while in the state legislature and was the first sitting governor to preside over a same-sex wedding.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 20, 2012 9:55 am|
With today being the unofficial holiday for cannabis in the United States, it is a good time to look back at the advances the marijuana reform movement has made in the past 365 days.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 1, 2011 4:02 pm|
A spokesman for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) told the AP that he will join the recent petition filed by other governors to the federal government requesting marijuana be rescheduled. Yesterday, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) jointly filed the petition to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking that marijuana be moved from schedule I to at least schedule II.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 3, 2011 4:45 pm|
Regular voters actually like real progressive health care reforms when that is what is offered. Expanding public health insurance programs is popular. During the health care debate large majorities always supported allowing people to buy into Medicare, the public option, and expanding Medicaid. It is the corporatism people hate.