Vermont Governor Shumlin Signs Bill Expanding Medical Marijuana Access

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Good news out of Vermont today. See the legislative alert that I received below:

Vermont Could be the First State to Legalize Marijuana Through the State Legislature

Vermont's medical marijuana program took an important step forward today when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed S. 14, a bill that will make it possible for more patients to qualify for the medical marijuana program. "At a time when opiate addiction is ravaging our state and drug companies continue to urge our doctors to pass out painkillers like candy, we need to find a more practical solution to pain management,"Shumlin said in a statement.

Specifically, the bill reduces the threshold for a pain diagnosis from "severe pain" to "chronic pain." It also adds glaucoma as a qualifying condition, and it reduces the required provider-patient relationship from six months to three months. A summary of these changes and others made by S. 14 is available here.

Please share this good news with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Matt Simon
New England Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project

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