State of Vermont Archives: on Drugs

Patrick Leahy: Let legal cannabis businesses use banking system

Businesses operating legally in #VT should be able to use the banking system. I'm proud to again cosponsor the SAFE Banking Act to give businesses access to the financial services they need in the dozens of states that have legalized cannabis businesses, including Vermont.
Source: Twitter posting on 2022 Vermont Senate race Mar 23, 2021

Phil Scott: Add regulated marijuana sales to legalized possession

Eleven states have legalized marijuana for adults 21 and over. The Marijuana Policy Project played a central role in the coalitions that passed initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana in CO, AK, MA, ME, MI, and NV.

Ten of those states-- AK, CA, CO, IL, ME, MA, MI, NV, OR & WA--have launched marijuana sales for adults. In the 11th state, Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law yesterday to add regulated sales to an existing law that legalized personal possession and cultivation.

Source: press release on 2022 Vermont gubernatorial race Oct 8, 2020

David Zuckerman: Provide needle exchanges, overdose prevention medication

The opioid epidemic in Vermont is harming our communities and our economy. We must treat all Vermonters with the dignity and respect they deserve. Harm-reduction services, from needle exchanges to access to overdose prevention medication, are crucial. We must make life-saving medication-assisted treatments such as methadone and buprenorphine free to any Vermonter who needs them. Medication-assisted treatment should not be criminalized.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website Apr 3, 2020

David Zuckerman: Legalize marijuana, starting with two ounces at a time

In January 2014, Zuckerman introduced legislation to legalize up to 2 ounces of marijuana at any one time, including a $50-per-ounce tax in order to cover the costs of regulation. As of July 2013,˙Vermont˙law allows possession of one ounce of marijuana, and the state does not collect taxes on it. Zuckerman supported more revenue in order to deal with treatment and recovery for addicts in the state. "And like I said, if there's more revenue that we could then put toward treatment for those who are addicted to serious drugs then that would be a benefit," Zuckerman said in an interview.
Source: on Vermont legislation voting record Feb 29, 2020

David Zuckerman: Legalize marijuana

Mirroring Bernie Sanders, Zuckerman has championed a $15 minimum wage, instituting a wealth tax on Vermont's richest residents, legalizing marijuana, and taking strong action on climate change. While in the Legislature, he spearheaded legislation that made Vermont the first state in the nation to require food manufacturers to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.
Source: Vermont Digger on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race Jan 13, 2020

Christine Hallquist: Treat opiate crisis as a public health issue

Work with local community health organizations, the Attorney General and State's Attorney's offices, local law enforcement, and ensure that opiate crisis is always treated as a public health issue. Recognize that prevention and proactive treatment is not only fiscally responsible, but the moral imperative. Put existing research into action and investigate whether safe-injection sites could be made available in Vermont. Focus on social justice and harm reduction.
Source: 2018 VT governor Campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Christine Hallquist: Tax retail marijuana for clean water and public education

On marijuana sales: Hallquist supports a taxed and regulated retail marijuana market, often framing her support in terms of protecting Vermonters from untrustworthy sources of marijuana.

Hallquist has talked about using marijuana revenue to fund clean-water initiatives and address opiate addiction. She told the cannabis website Heady Vermont that some of the money could also be used for public education.

Source: Burlington Free Press on 2018 Vermont gubernatorial race Aug 29, 2018

Brooke Paige: Legalize and commercialize marijuana, but not "hard drugs"