Texas and Vermont Vote for Legal Marijuana
If you are following the marijuana movement that is sweeping across America, then you need to keep your eyes on two states in particular. These two states are Vermont and Texas. You might ask yourself why Vermont and Texas? The first thought that might come to one's mind is, well Texas is huge and imagine the potential of the amount of money they would make with the size of the state. Vermont, where is Vermont again, is what I hear all the time. For those of you who are familiar with Vermont and the role it could play in legalization, you’ll know right away what I am speaking of. Vermont is the all eyes on me, point, of the eastern hub, for the legalization of marijuana.
Two Common Factors for Legalization of Cannabis
Texas has something in common with Vermont, and it’s not that its 75 percent covered by forest or known as the Green Mountain State nope none of that. Texas and Vermont, in order to pass legalization measures for marijuana in Texas, they must be approved and passed by legislation rather than cast by ballot. When it comes to exactly how this works, it gets to be a little tricky but the state of Vermont is my guess for the next groundbreaking legalization to occur. Vermont being a smaller state has allowed for medicinal facilities already, which all are currently licensed, and there is no more room for any others. All four of the state's dispensaries are allowed to have a thousand patients each. Once those limits are reached, patients must grow their own marijuana or obtain it from a caregiver. Legislation in Vermont seems to be more open currently than Texas.
Vermont is Almost There, Just a Little Bit Further to Go
Vermont will have to pass legislation for the legalization of marijuana recreationally. This step is even closer to being done than in Texas. Vermont has decriminalized the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana reducing it from a criminal defense to a civil fine. The dispensaries within the state of Vermont currently have banking relations with banks in the state of Vermont. This appears to happen because of a few things for my research. One is they are not dealing on the millions of dollars scale that states such as Colorado Washington and others are seeing. This measure is allowed by what is known as the Cole Memo. The dispensaries that run in the state of Vermont are not for profit organizations and are not seeking loans to build up the businesses. This banking relationship should be between the individual and the bank. The bank has a set of parameters that they are to follow at their discretion. This would prove to be an epic when for the marijuana movement in the cannabis community should Vermont boat in legislation for full recreational and medicinal legalization of marijuana.
The Path Is Cleared and People are Starting to Walk It
Texas is on a path to legalization in the next five years by 2019. The Marijuana Policy Project has set up base in Austin Texas and committed to what they call a five-year plan for legalization. These are the people that legalize marijuana in Colorado and have been the driving force behind legalization and reform laws and many other states. Texas just had a groundbreaking vote through their legislation that is quite sizeable when compared to that of Vermont, and it was on CBD oil. Texas approved four dispensaries to be up and operational by 2017 that will provide CBD oil. CBD Oil is a high concentrate compound found within the marijuana plant. CBD Oil will finally be available to those in Texas that suffer from epilepsy. This means that an estimated hundred and fifty thousand Texans will finally be able to utilize this amazing medication and the benefits that are associated with it. Though it is only a small victory, it is a step in the right direction.
Leaders in Community Across America Helping to End Prohibition
Legalization will happen through the commitment and conviction of the Marijuana Policy Project, Texas NORML, and the countless individuals who will volunteer and donate time and services to this life-changing cause. Texas is sure to see recreational as well as the medicinal legalization of marijuana in the near future. With tax dollars out of control at an estimated $2,000 per every marijuana arrest, and prisons overcrowding from individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana on their possession Texas stands to benefit immensely from the legalization of marijuana.