The Scoop on H.170 and S.16 Bills

 In Decriminalization, Legal, Local News, Medical Marijuana, News, Recreational Marijuana, Regulation

H.170 Possession and cultivation of marijuana by a person 21 years of age or older – Grad

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.
House Judiciary Committee.
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0170/H-0170%20As%20Introduced.pdf
Testimony taken. Voted in favor 8-3 by House Judiciary Committee, and is being brought to the House for voting 3/28/17

S.16 – Expanding patient access to the Medical Marijuana Registry – Sears
This bill proposes to waive the three-month patient-health care 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.
Senate Judiciary Committee. Passed the Senate. House Human Services Committee.
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/S-0016/S-0016%20As%20Introduced.pdf
As passed by the Senate –
http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/WorkGroups/Senate%20Judiciary/Bills/S.16/S.16~Michele%20Childs~Draft%20No.%201.3,%202-10-2017~2-10-2017.pdf