Call your Vermont State Legislators Monday and Tuesday before they meet Wednesday to discuss MARIJUANA / marihuana / cannabis !!! UPCOMING IN THE STATE OF VERMONT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017, SO
PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS NOW AND ASK THEM TO
MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL !!!
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/CALENDAR/hc170510.pdf House Calendar
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
127th DAY OF THE BIENNIAL SESSION
House Convenes at 10:00 A.M.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Unfinished Business of Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Senate Proposal of Amendment
An act relating to alternative approaches to addressing low-level illicit drug use.
The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following: Sec. 6. 18 V.S.A. § 4230 is amended to read:
§ 4230. MARIJUANA
(a) Possession and cultivation.
(1)(A) No person shall knowingly and unlawfully possess more than one ounce of marijuana or more than five grams of hashish or cultivate more than two mature marijuana plants or four immature marijuana plants.
Sec. 7. 18 V.S.A. § 4230a is amended to read:
§ 4230a. MARIJUANA POSSESSION BY A PERSON 21 YEARS OF AGE
OR OLDER; CIVIL VIOLATION
(a) : Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person 21 years of age or older who possesses one ounce or less of marijuana or five grams or less of hashish and two mature marijuana plants or fewer or four immature marijuana plants or fewer or who possesses paraphernalia for marijuana use shall not be penalized or sanctioned in any manner by the State or any of its political subdivisions or denied any right or privilege under State law. The one-ounce limit of marijuana or five grams of hashish that may be possessed by a person 21 years of age or older shall not include marijuana cultivated, harvested, and stored in accordance with section 4230e of this title.
etc., etc., etc.
§ 4230e. CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA BY A PERSON 21 YEARS OF
AGE OR OLDER
(a)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person 21 years of age or older who cultivates no more than two mature marijuana plants and four immature marijuana plants shall not be penalized or sanctioned in any manner by the State or any of its political subdivisions or denied any right or privilege
under State law.
(2) Each dwelling unit shall be limited to two mature marijuana plants and four immature marijuana plants regardless of how many persons 21 years of age or older reside in the dwelling unit. As used in this section, “dwelling unit” means a building or the part of a building that is used as a primary home, residence, or sleeping place by one or more persons who maintain a household. (3) Any marijuana harvested from the plants allowed pursuant to this subsection shall not count toward the one-ounce possession limit in section 4230a of this title provided it is stored in an indoor facility on the property where the marijuana was cultivated and reasonable precautions are taken to prevent unauthorized access to the marijuana.
(4) Cultivation in excess of the limits provided in this subsection shall be punished in accordance with section 4230 of this title.
(b)(1) Personal cultivation of marijuana only shall occur:
(A) on property lawfully in possession of the cultivator or with the consent of the person in lawful possession of the property; and (B) in an enclosure that is screened from public view and is secure so that access is limited to the cultivator and persons 21 years of age or older who
have permission from the cultivator.
Sec. 17. DISPARITIES IN ENFORCEMENT OF DRUG LAWS;
MARIJUANA REGULATORY COMMISSION
(a) Findings. The General Assembly finds that:
(1) A 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, The War on Marijuana in Black and White, identified Vermont as 15th in the country and first in New England when comparing discrepancies in citation and arrest rates for marijuana possession. The report stated that African-Americans in Vermont were 4.36 times more likely to be cited or arrested for marijuana possession than whites, higher than the national average of African-Americans being 3.73 more likely than whites to be cited or arrested for marijuana possession. Although Vermont later decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, a 2016 report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU, Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States, found that Vermont had the third-highest racial disparity in drug
possession arrest rates in the country despite nearly identical use rates
(2) In the report, Driving While Black or Brown in Vermont, University of Vermont researchers, examining 2015 data from 29 police agencies covering 78 percent of Vermont’s population, found significant disparities in how often African-Americans and Hispanics are stopped, searched, and arrested, as compared to whites and Asians. According to the report, African- American drivers are four times more likely than white drivers to be searched by Vermont police, even though they are less likely to be found with illegal items.
(3) As part of efforts to eliminate implicit bias in Vermont’s criminal justice system, policymakers must reexamine the State’s drug laws, beginning with its policy on marijuana.
(4) According to a 2014 study conducted by the RAND Corporation, an estimated 80,000 Vermont residents regularly consume marijuana. Except for patients on the Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry, these Vermonters obtain marijuana through a thriving illegal market.
Etc., etc., etc.,
Sec. 18. EFFECTIVE DATE
This section and Sec. 17 shall take effect on passage and the remaining sections shall take effect on July 1, 2018.