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A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

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A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to lessen the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana, and says he wants to promote industrial hemp production in New York.

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192 Vermonters have been pardoned by out-going Governor Peter Shumlin for minor violations committed before the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts. Legal, but not readily available.

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In the closing days of his administration, Governor Peter Shumlin is inviting Vermonters to apply for pardons if they were convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

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Voters have approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the first state in the eastern U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Amsterdam Police have discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an empty warehouse.

When our tech guru, Jesse Feiler is here – we talk quite a bit about Apple Technologies. This morning we are going to focus on news from Microsoft.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

  After ten years at Wesleyan, John Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job as a geologist. So he rented a space in an empty warehouse in an empty pocket of Denver’s downtown to open a brewpub. He turned out to be a natural at the job; the pub was a huge success. In fifteen years, he blossomed from small business owner into millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs across the western United States. He was so influential in the community that, encouraged by many, he ran for mayor of Denver, essentially as a lark. And then he won.

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The last vestige of hope for marijuana legalization advocates has fallen by the wayside as the  Vermont Legislature moves towards adjournment.

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Vermont’s long-awaited move toward marijuana legalization will take even longer.  The Vermont House passed a resolution this afternoon that gutted a Senate bill to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

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The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has voted 6 to 5 to gut Senate legislation that would legalize marijuana and instead presented a new bill for consideration.

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The Vermont Senate has passed and moved to the House legislation that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.  The House Judiciary and Government Operations committees will take public testimony on the bill later this week.

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The Vermont Senate has given final passage to a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by residents of the state.

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in the state.

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A bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in Vermont has cleared its third and last Senate committee and is expected to be up for debate on the Senate floor this week. If it passes, the bill’s fate is uncertain in the House.

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In anticipation of the possible legalization of marijuana, Vermont police dogs are no longer trained to recognize the drug's smell.

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The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted to approve a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The idea is so controversial that even members of the same party are divided over the issue.

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Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004.  Now, some legislative committees are taking testimony on the controversial idea of legalizing recreational marijuana.  But there is considerable doubt whether the Legislature will actually approve a bill this session. 

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A small but growing number of patients have been receiving medical marijuana since New York recently launched one of the strictest programs in the country.

State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.

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The University of Vermont medical school is offering what is believed to be one of the nation's first full courses in the science of using marijuana as medicine.

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The Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations took testimony today on possible legalization of recreational marijuana.

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New York has broadened a ban on synthetic marijuana to keep up with drug makers who create new chemical recipes to evade the existing law.

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The New York Department of Health today named the five companies granted licenses to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana across the state. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, several have strong ties to our region.

  The legalization of marijuana is the next great reversal of history. Perhaps the most demonized substance in America, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa, simply a very fast growing herb, thrived underground as the nation's most popular illegal drug.

Now the tide has shifted: In 1996 California passed the nation's first medical marijuana law, which allowed patients to grow it and use it with a doctor's permission. By 2010, twenty states and the District of Columbia had adopted medical pot laws. In 2012 Colorado and Washington state passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

Bruce Barcott, a former Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Atlantic Monthly, Outside magazine, and many other publications. His book is Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

3/11/15 Panel

Mar 11, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Time Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: Hillary Clinton on private email use and Iran letter; City Manager of Ferguson, MI resigns; "Blurred Lines” Decision; Federal Medical Marijuana Law.

2/26/15 Panel

Feb 26, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu; Brooklyn plot to aid ISIS; DHS Funding Update; marijuana in D.C.

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A nine-member delegation that includes law enforcement officials, drug treatment experts, marijuana supporters and detractors left Vermont to travel to Colorado Sunday. They are gathering information on that state's experience with marijuana legalization.   They talked about their expectations just before they boarded their plane on Sunday.

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