Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 24, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Vermont House would ban material support and resources for warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in Vermont, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance. Rep. Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) introduced House Bill 364 (H.364) on Feb. 22. The legislation…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 21, 2017) – A Vermont bill to expand access for patients utilizing the state’s medical marijuana program passed the state Senate last week. If approved, the legislation would help further nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Introduced by Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) and six co-sponsors, Senate Bill 16 (S.16) would amend…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jan. 26, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Vermont Senate would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. Introduced by Sen. Sen. Dick McCormack (D-Windsor) and four bipartisan co-sponsors, Senate Bill 37 (SB37) would give…

Members of the Vermont business community have announced a $250,000 investment in the state’s fledgling hemp industry. The is a bold act in defiance of federal prohibition and another step toward effectively nullifying the federal government’s  ban. on industrial hemp. Vermont’s NPR reports: A group of investors that includes two prominent Vermont businessmen has reached…

Members of the Vermont business community have announced a $250,000 investment in the state’s fledgling hemp industry. The is a bold act in defiance of federal prohibition and another step toward effectively nullifying the federal government’s  ban. on industrial hemp. Vermont’s NPR reports: A group of investors that includes two prominent Vermont businessmen has reached…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (June 10, 2016) – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a sweeping bill that establishes robust privacy protections in the state into law. It not only limits warrantless surveillance and helps ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, it will also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local…

MONTPELIER, Vt. – (May 23, 2016) –  Federal law prohibits hemp production without permission from the feds. Growers in Vermont are doing it anyway – in increasingly large numbers. Vermont provides a textbook example of how removing layers of law at the state level can effectively nullify federal prohibition of hemp. In 2013, the Vermont…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (May 10, 2016) – The Vermont legislature has passed a sweeping bill that would establish robust privacy protections in the state, If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data…