Vermont House approves recreational marijuana proposal
The House of Representatives in Vermont has passed a proposal to allow recreational marijuana possession and growing in private homes. This is just one step towards legalization there -- the bill needs to be approved by the Senate, and as it stands, doesn't actually create a market or tax sales, just opens the door for legal possession. Still, this is a pretty landmark vote, however, because it comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' bonehead move to rescind the Cole Memo, essentially removing any protections for cannabis from federal law. In other words, the Vermont House took one look at Sessions' threats, took a look at the will of the people, and decided to vote for the people they represent, rather than Sessions' backwards policies.
So rock on, Vermont. Even if the Senate doesn't approve the bill right away (there are a few changes that have been passed back and forth already, and there are likely to be more), this is a clear victory in a week that's been pretty scary for a lot of people in the industry. Legalization is still on its way, and now the only question is just how damaging Sessions' poorly considered views will be before the laws and policy reach a stable place yet again.