2017 Legislative Positions
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to waive the three-month patient-healthcare professional relationship requirement when the patient is referred to a specialist who completes a full examination and signs the medical verification form; expand list of qualifying medical conditions; increase the number of dispensaries from four to eight; allow dispensaries to advertise; allow a patient to possess up to three ounces of marijuana; clarify that a dispensary may cultivate marijuana outdoors provided the marijuana is in an enclosed, locked facility shielded from public view; allow a patient or caregiver to cultivate marijuana even if the patient has designated a dispensary; allow a dispensary to convert to a for-profit; require continuing medical education to include training on the Medical Marijuana Registry; require the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to independently test marijuana- infused edible or potable products sold by a dispensary to ensure appropriate labeling of the tetrahydrocannabinol content.
We support expanding the number of dispensaries from four to eight. We also support the elimination of the non-profit incorporation requirement and current advertising moratorium. New dispensaries should be established in underserved parts of Vermont to improve patient access, and there should be an open competition for these licenses. Patient care, improving access, and affordability should be key considerations in this discussion.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to remove all criminal and civil penalties for possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and cultivation of two mature marijuana plants and seven immature marijuana plants for a person who is 21 years of age or older; adjust the civil and criminal penalties for possession and cultivation of marijuana in amounts in excess of the legalized amounts; establish civil penalties for consuming marijuana in public and cultivating marijuana in a manner that is not on property lawfully in possession of the cultivator or without the consent of the person in lawful possession of the property or outside an enclosure that is screened from public view; establish criminal penalties and a civil action for damages for furnishing marijuana to a person under 21 years of age; and establish a crime of chemical extraction of marijuana. (Does not create a regulatory structure for a legal marijuana market.)
This bill is a good start in removing criminal and civil penalties for possession.
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle by a person who has a 0.05 blood alcohol level and any detectable amount of the psychoactive constituent of cannabis in his or her body.
We disagree with the basic premise of this bill. Current, peer-reviewed scientific studies and public safety reports do not support the intended outcomes of this legislation.