Friday, June 3, 2011

Vermont Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Gov. Pete Shumlin (D) signed S. 17 into law. Vermont will now authorize up to four dispensaries to sell medical marijuana to patients in the state.

Vermont is now the 8th state (Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island)with a law that explicitly authorizes dispensaries where patients can legally purchase medical marijuana. (And, overall, medical marijuana is legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia.)

This was a major victory for MPP and patient advocates. MPP funded a two-year lobbying campaign in Montpelier to pass the measure. We started by finding the best bill sponsors we could find, including then-Senate President Pete Shumlin. We then helped elect Shumlin to the governorship through our political action committee.