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H 170 - Authorizes Recreational Marijuana - Vermont Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes Recreational Marijuana

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (75-71) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Recreational Marijuana

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes by adults over the age of 21, effective July 1, 2017.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes individuals over the age of 21 to possess marijuana in the following amounts (Sec. 7):

    • 2 ounces or less of dried marijuana;

    • 10 grams or less of hashish;

    • 2 or fewer mature marijuana plants; or

    • 7 or fewer immature marijuana plants.

  • Prohibits consumption of marijuana in public places and establishes civil penalties for violation in the following amounts (Sec. 7):

    • $100 or less for a first offense;

    • $200 or less for a second offense; and

    • $500 or less for third and subsequent offenses.

  • Authorizes individuals over the age of 21 to cultivate up to 2 mature marijuana plants or 7 immature marijuana plants per dwelling, and specifies that marijuana harvested shall not count toward the 2 ounce possession limit provided that it is stored in a secure indoor facility on the same property (Sec. 8).

  • Establishes civil penalties for cultivation of marijuana in violation of the provisions of this bill in the following amounts (Sec. 8):

    • $100 or less for a first offense;

    • $200 or less for a second offense; and

    • $500 or less for third and subsequent offenses.

  • Specifies that providing marijuana to or enabling the consumption of marijuana by an individual under the age of 21 is a criminal offense and establishes a penalty of not more than 2 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000 or less, or both (Sec. 9).

  • Prohibits the manufacture of concentrated marijuana by use of butane or hexane, unless authorized as a dispensary, and establishes a criminal penalty of not more than 2 years imprisonment, a fine of $2,000, or both (Sec. 11).

  • Requires an individual under the age of 21 who possesses 2 ounces or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hashish or 2 mature marijuana plants or fewer to be enrolled in the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program (Sec. 5).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Recreational Marijuana

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