Vermont’s Legislature became the first in the nation to pass a marijuana legalization bill last year. Unfortunately, the bill was vetoed by Vermont’s Governor, who instructed the Vermont Legislature to tweak the bill and send it back. That did not happen last year, but it does appear that the new legalization bill is going to pass in the Senate tomorrow. The bill has already been approved in the Vermont House.
We cannot take anything for granted, and it’s important to keep contacting your Senators and Governor in Vermont if you live there. Urge them to do the right thing and make Vermont the first state in American history to legalize cannabis via legislative action. Below is an alert that I received this morning with more information:
The Vermont Senate is expected to pass H. 511, the legalization compromise bill, tomorrow. If that happens, marijuana possession and limited cultivation will be on track to become legal for adults 21 and older on July 1, 2018.
There is no doubt that the Senate will pass this bill. However, we would like to gain votes if at all possible, and it is always good to remind supportive legislators that their constituents notice they are doing the right thing.
Please call the State House NOW at 802-828-2228 to leave one last message for your senators in support of H. 511! If you’re not sure who your state senator(s) are, you can look them up here. Your message will be delivered to the senator on a slip of paper, so please keep the message short and simply ask for the senator’s vote on H. 511.
After you call to leave a message for your senators, please share this message with your family and friends.
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project