Last week the Vermont Senate approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in that state, authorizing the licensing and regulation of commercial producers and retailers. If the state House of Representatives follows suit, Vermont will be the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature rather than the voting booth. Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, supports legalization and is expected to sign the bill if it passes the House, where its prospects are uncertain.

Like the legalization initiatives approved by voters in four other states, the Vermont bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 12, would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Unlike most of those initiatives, it would not allow home cultivation. State-licensed growers and merchants could begin operating in 2018. The state would collect a 25 percent excise tax on marijuana, and pot stores would initially be barred from selling edibles. The bill creates a commission to study the possibility of allowing home cultivation and edible sales in the future.

  1. Hmeyers says:

    “Unlike most of those initiatives, it would not allow home cultivation.”

    In other words —

    A bill written by corporations for the benefit of corporations.

    Corporation marijuana = legal
    Non-corporation marijuana = illegal

    (Not that I care much either way, marijuana is for people with nothing better to do with their time — but it should be legal so governments can also find something better to do with their time …)

    • Markus says:

      Do you imbibe? If so, go pound sand. Your poison is worse.

    • Ah_Yea says:

      I wonder why the ban on edibles? Any bakery could just add the stuff to their recipes.

      I also wonder who are the state licensed growers. Licensed tobacco growers, maybe??

      The tobacco industry moving in and taking over the marijuana industry??

      Could be why no edibles? Don’t want those munchies taking over the smokes!

      • McCullough says:

        Edibles are still I wild card in my view. I’m all for legalization, but edibles are tricky. Its too hard to tell what the dosage should be.

        Having cannabis laced candy laying around is a recipe for disaster, think of the kiddies and the puppies!

        Someone will eventually have their eye put out.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          They could be (should?) be labeled like chocolate is for the % of active ingredient?

          Or like other “laced” candies: mild, medium, hot or mild/sour???

          The thc level should be “known” in any product offered for sale.

        • jpfitz says:

          In NY edibles Are the only form of medicinal marijuana.

          Smoking is bad, vapor or edible will be accepted in Vermont eventually. People need to be educated first.

  2. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Allowing self serving anti-people corporations to break the Marijuana egg will unavoidably lead to home made omelets.

    Silly corporations. As short sighted as the people they enslave. I’m surprised they weren’t paid off by the liquor establishment to go away.

  3. jpfitz says:

    Mary jane in edible form is a safe pain reliever, much safer than opiates or alcohol.

    The mixing up of a “regular” chocolate chip cookie and a cookie with cannabutter would cause some to sit in a corner and not speak for an hour.

    If you make cookies and candy shape them into weed leaves. You could also take a sniff of the edible, there should be a weed smell.

    Edibles are the most potent and dosing is easier to control when educated. The smoking of the buds lasts twenty minutes whereas the edible can last for four to five hours.

    • McCullough says:

      If your using it for pain or “medicinal” reasons, then why make it look like candy, cookies, fruit chews or anything else that could tempt the kiddies? It is way too easy to overdose this way. Just put it in a pill form with correct dosage instructions and be done with it.

      Otherwise, there WILL be problems, and then some people will just want to shut it down. And they’ll have a good case.

  4. jpfitz says:

    The war on drugs is and has been a waste of money and more importantly a pox on the poor, especially black men. Now white upper, middle and poor are dropping like flies from a heroin epidemic, too many young lives snuffed out from pills to the needle.

    Where is heroin grown?

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    The main problem with “the War on Drugs” is that the war is never engaged in. It was for a short while when we were spraying the marijuana fields in Mexico with paraquat. Being poisoned didn’t stop it from being harvested and sold into the stream to the USA though and white kiddies started dying from its ingestion, so this effective WAR tactic was dropped. It was causing too much harm to the White establishment. Best to keep MJ safe to consume so we can continue oppressing the Blacks and Mexicans. This same technique was behind trying to make MSG illegal to enslave the Chinese, but the CIA intervened and stopped this from happening.

    So………………. what ALL THE ANTI-DRUGS DUPES… miss is that the harm caused by the illegality of drugs far outweighs the harm that would arise if it were legal. The issue mostly follows the old saying that “if you want a law repealed, just fully enforce it.”

    Silly to turn a health issue into a criminal issue. I blame idiot self righteous hypocritical religious types, and those who make a buck off of it. ie: the establishment.

    (A free wonton if you spot and avoid the food based obvious sarcasm.)


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