Vermont

MONTPELLIER, Vt. (Aug. 29, 2018) – Hemp production is starting to boom in Vermont, despite federal prohibition. In 2013, the Vermont legislature passed a law legalizing and licensing hemp production at the state level. The Vermont law does not limit hemp cultivation to research purposes, as required under federal law. When Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (July 2, 2018) – Yesterday, a new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana goes into effect in Vermont. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threats to ramp up enforcement. This new law represents a stinging rebuke from the state of Vermont against federal marijuana prohibition. House Bill…

BURLINGTON, Vt. (June 8, 2018) – An attempt to make Vermont’s industrial hemp licensing program federally compliant failed this year, allowing farmers in the state to continue developing a viable hemp industry and nullifying federal prohibition in effect. The comprehensive farm bill (S276) passed by the Senate included provisions modifying the state’s industrial hemp licensing…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Today, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that allows the recreational use of marijuana. Just weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to ramp up federal marijuana prohibition enforcement, passage represents a stinging rebuke from the state of Vermont. House Bill 511 (H.511) allows adults 21 or older to possess up…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jun. 21, 2017) – A Vermont bill to fully legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients was signed into law last week by Gov. Phil Scott. The new measure takes another step toward effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Introduced by Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) and six co-sponsors, Senate Bill 16…