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Vermont: House Speaker Now Favors Marijuana Legalization


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Cannabis advocates in Vermont have gotten some major support from House Speaker Shap Smith.

For more than a year, Smith had been undecided on the issue, but now he says he'll work to pass a marijuana legalization bill in the 2016 session of the Vermont Legislature, reports Bob Kinzel at VPR.

Smith had taken a "wait and see" position for months, remaining undecided until Vermont lawmakers could look at the experiences of Colorado and Washington, the two states where voters legalized cannabis in 2012.

Smith is running for Governor of Vermont in 2016, and this legislation could become a campaign issue. He said he thinks it makes sense for Vermont to legalize pot, if it can be done with a thoughtful approach.

"It's clear to me in my discussions with Vermonters that in general, the people in this state probably favor legalization," Smith said on the August 28 Vermont Edition. "And I certainly believe that we can legalize marijuana if we do it right ... we've seen what has happened in Colorado and Washington, and we can learn from their experiences."

Photo of Shap Smith: Angela Evancie/VPR

Vermont: Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Mitch Wertlieb, VPR News

There is a truth that must be heard! A Vermont lawmaker wants to let people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder be treated for the condition with legally prescribed medical marijuana.

The idea is to help sufferers sleep better if they're plagued by disturbing dreams brought on by PTSD, and calm themselves from feelings of panic and anxiety associated with the disorder.

That's the subject of today's Regional Report, when we take a look at stories of interest on-line and in newspapers around the state. The medical marijuana story is reported by Krista Langlois in the Valley News this week. Langois tells VPR's Mitch Wertlieb that the bill is being introduced in the House by Thetford State Representative Jim Masland.

Source: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/93215/regional-report-bill-would-allow-me...

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