I received the following legislative alert out of Vermont yesterday. If you live in Vermont, get active and get in contact with your elected officials:
In encouraging news, the chair of the Vermont House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), indicated that her committee intends to move forward with consideration of a bill that would make small amounts of marijuana legal for adult use. H. 170 appears likely to pass the committee in mid-March, after the Legislature returns from its annual break for Town Meeting week. It would then face a vote in the full House.
The Judiciary Committee appears to understand that it’s time to stop punishing adults who prefer marijuana to alcohol. As amended by the committee, H. 170 would simply eliminate penalties for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, two mature plants, and four immature plants — as well as the marijuana produced by those plants, if stored properly in accordance with the law. Possession of between one and two ounces would become a civil violation punishable by a fine.
This is a modest reform, but it would be an important step for the state to stop treating adults’ marijuana possession as a problem for the criminal justice system.
Please share this message with your family and friends, and urge them to contact their representatives today!
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project