Medicine

Senate passes marijuana legalization bill

Senate passes marijuana legalization bill

The Vermont Senate passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, making the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative.

The measure now awaits action from Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed similar legislation previous year. It does not, however, immediately clear the way for retail sales of the drug.

"As Governor said in June when he came to an agreement with the Legislature on revisions to the bill, he would sign the compromise bill if it made it to his desk, and he has not seen anything to change that position at this point", the governor's spokesperson said previously. He also was concerned that legalization would conflict with federal law. "With the way this bill is written, having a few plants, there's nothing that the feds could do even if they wanted to".

More news: Consensus score reveals Hold position in Stock: Depomed, Inc. (DEPO)

If H. 511 becomes law, Vermont will be the first state to legislatively act to eliminate both criminal and civil penalties for personal marijuana possession and growing.

While the threat of federal intervention was not the driving force in the two states' moves to legalize personal possession and cultivation, but not a legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana market, the lack of legal commerce may provide some cover from federal prosecutors, who would be left looking for people with an ounce of weed or a couple of plants.

Matt Simon, New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, disagreed.


  • Podcast: Here's what it was like covering the Golden Globes blackout

    Podcast: Here's what it was like covering the Golden Globes blackout

    She thanked a number of people who supported her during her entire career, then transitioned seamlessly to championing women. She told E! News she wanted to see 50-50 by 20-20, 50 per cent male and female equality in Hollywood by the year 2020.
    Renacci defends, Kasich condemns Trump's

    Renacci defends, Kasich condemns Trump's "s-hole" remark

    Renacci capped his defense of the president's racist remarks saying, "Look, I always say judge the president after four years". Renacci continued that Trump's comments can be explained by his being "a business guy going into a political career".
    Kruyswijk surges into the lead at SA Open

    Kruyswijk surges into the lead at SA Open

    So, it was big deal to start off my round. "I certainly hope that I can keep that trend (of Englishmen winning the SA Open) going".
  • Institutional Investor's Anti-Lenox Group Inc (NYSE:DFS) Sentiment In Q3 2017

    Institutional Investor's Anti-Lenox Group Inc (NYSE:DFS) Sentiment In Q3 2017

    Eng increased its stake in Discover Finl Svcs ( DFS ) by 741.32% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. It increased, as 77 investors sold T shares while 609 reduced holdings. 11 funds opened positions while 30 raised stakes.

    Dominic Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong Classic withdrawal

    He pulled out of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi late last month before travelling to Australia to prepare for the Open. Federer, on the other hand, has Novak Djokovic , Juan Martin Del Potro , Goffiin and Zverev to contend with in his half.

    ConocoPhillips (COP) Shares Sold by ProShare Advisors LLC

    The stock of ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has "Overweight" rating given on Tuesday, January 12 by Barclays Capital. (NASDAQ:CA). Finally, First Eagle Investment Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of ConocoPhillips by 3.0% in the third quarter.
  • First Bancorp (FBP) A Look at Technical Overview

    Wafra Invest Advisory Group New York has invested 0.07% of its portfolio in Visa Inc. 12,718 are owned by Hsbc Hldgs Plc. Credit Suisse Ag has invested 0% in First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP). 94,172 were reported by Arizona State Retirement Systems.
    Antonio Conte Talks Up Alexis Sanchez

    Antonio Conte Talks Up Alexis Sanchez

    Arsene Wenger has spoken out about the various transfer rumors surrounding Arsenal star, including a move to Manchester United . And you will have more and more players going to the end of their contract".
    Warner Bros. Dates DC/New Line's 'Shazam!' For Spring 2019

    Warner Bros. Dates DC/New Line's 'Shazam!' For Spring 2019

    Interestingly enough that date is not Easter weekend, a time frame that WB took advantage of when they launched Batman v. Levi said. "I get to do my version of Big , basically". "It's not glum, and like, 'Oh, I have to save the world again'".
  • Oil prices set for fourth straight week of gains

    Oil prices set for fourth straight week of gains

    That level would be the highest annual average on record, surpassing the previous record of 9.6 million b/d set in 1970. By many estimates US production is set to take off this year - which is concerning for many other producer nations.
    Steve Wilks won't interview for Colts head coaching job

    Steve Wilks won't interview for Colts head coaching job

    We've already written a comprehensive profile of Wilks ' résumé and his possible fit as the Colts' next head coach. Wilks' future seems to be linked to Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
    Sam Club's employees say they were shocked to learn of layoffs

    Sam Club's employees say they were shocked to learn of layoffs

    But numerous thousands of workers who will be affected were unaware when they showed up to locked stores on Thursday. The official Sam's Club Twitter account replied to some questions with a brief statement.