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Vermont: Measure Pending To Eliminate Adult Use Marijuana Penalties

Update: Senate President Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, said that “barring a miracle” legalization is not likely to pass the Legislature this year.

UpdateThe House Committee on Human Services will hold another hearing for H 170 on Tuesday 4/11.

Update: The House Committee on Human Services will hold a hearing Tuesday 4/4 on H 170.

Update: Members of the House Judiciary Committee advanced H. 170 on March 22 in an 8 to 3 vote. It now awaits action on the House floor. A new statewide Public Policy poll finds that Vermont residents favor this legislation by a margin of 57 percent to 39 percent.

Update: Governor Phil Scott says that he is hesitant to support H. 170 absent additional language addressing drugged driving.

Update: H. 170 was first heard on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 9:00am. 

Legislation is pending, H.170, to eliminate civil and criminal penalties specific to the possession and cultivation of personal use quantities of marijuana by adults.

If passed, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana, up to ten grams of hashish, and/or the cultivation of two marijuana plants in a private residence. 

The measure would also reduce existing penalties for those who possess greater quantities of cannabis.

House members rejected a similar measure last session after Senate lawmakers had approved legislation to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis. This year’s House measure does not address activities related to marijuana’s commercial production or sale.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee are backing the proposal. 

Please use the pre-written letter below to urge your elected officials to support H. 170.

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