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Vermont Update 2012 - Inching Forward in Vermont, May 11, 2012

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Vermont Industrial Hemp Legislation

Vermont State Legislature

2013
S 157

An Act Relating to Modifying the Requirements for Hemp Production in the State of Vermont. This bill proposes to: require persons to obtain a permit to grow hemp; remove the word "industrial" from references to hemp production in the State of Vermont; and give the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets authority to assess fees to hemp permit applicants.

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Shumlin on June 10, 2013

S 29

An Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. This bill proposes to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to issue a license to grow industrial hemp pursuant to current Vermont statute.

Status: Not heard or acted upon

H 490

An Act Relating to Authorizing Industrial Hemp Licenses. Introduced in the Senate on 3/1/2013.

Status: Not heard or acted upon

2012
H 747
An Act Relating To Cigarette Manufacturers
Amendment added in Senate to allow Department of Agriculture to promulgate industrial hemp farming rules, but not issue licenses.
Download the text of H 747 as as passed the house here (PDF file 66k).

2009
JRS 26
A joint resolution in support of Act 212 of 2008. The General Assembly urges Congress to Recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity and that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration allow the states to regulate industrial hemp farming without federal applications, licenses or fees. Senate: Read first time & placed on action calendar per Rule 51 on 3/27/09. Adopted on the part of the Senate on 4/14/09. House: Rules Suspended and Taken up for Immediate Consideration, Read second time, proposed amendment agreed to, the resolution was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on 5/4/09. Senate: House proposal of amendment concurred in on 5/6/09.
Download the text of JRS 26 as Introduced (PDF file 40k).
Download the text of JRS 26 As adopted by the Senate and the House in the Senate Journal of 5/6/09 page 1692 (PDF file 20k).

2008
H 267
This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont. Introduced on 2/9/07. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. In House Agriculture Committee. Held over from 2007. Unanimous vote to pass out of committee (11-0-0) in the House Agriculture Committee 1/30/08. Passed the House by a vote of 127 to 9 on 2/7/08. As published in the House Calendar 1/31/08. Passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 1 on 5/1/08. Allowed to become law by Governor Douglas without his signature on 5/29/08 and sent to Secretary of State. Secretary of State's office refuses to accept bill and asks for opinion from Attorney General. The Attorney General's office sends Formal Opinion #2008-1 to Secretary of State on 6/20/08 in support of Governor's action. Secretary of State accepts Attorney General's opinion and makes bill Act No. 212 on 6/27/08.
Download the text of H 267 as Introduced here (PDF file 40k).
Download the text of H 267 as Amended here (PDF file 136k).
Download the text of H 267 as Passed by House and Senate here (PDF file 48k).
Download the text of Act 212 as Enacted (PDF file 48k).

2007
H 267
This bill proposes to permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in Vermont. Introduced on 2/9/07. Referred to the House Agriculture Committee. Hearings on Wednesday, April 25 through Friday, April 27, 2007.
Download the hearing schedule on H 267 for the week of April 22-28 here (PDF file 88k).
Download the text of H 267 as Introduced here (PDF file 40k).

2006
H 455
Allows hemp farming under state license. Held over from 2005.
Introduced on 3/8/05. Referred to and considered by the
House Agriculture Committee. Died in committee.
Download the text of H 455 as Introduced here (PDF file 11k).

House Agriculture Committee hearings for H 455:
2/14/06 hearing
2/16/06 hearing
2/22/06 hearing
2/23/06 hearing
3/16/06 hearing
3/29/06 hearing cancelled

2003
S 169
Introduced on 3/18/03. Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
No committee hearings were found where this bill was considered.
Died in committee.
Download the text of S 169 as Introduced here (PDF file 14k).

2002
S 119
Introduced on 2/20/01. Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Died in committee.
Download the text of S 119 as Introduced here (PDF file 14k).

2000
JRS 98
Passed into law.
Download the text of JRS 98 as Introduced here (PDF file 5k).
Download the text of JRS 98 as Adopted here (PDF file 6k).

1998
JRH 149
Resolution as Adopted.
Sent to the DEA and Congressional delegation.
Download the text of JRH 149 here (PDF file 4k).

1996
H 783
As Enacted into Law.
Gov. Dean did not sign the bill, nor did he veto it.
Download the text of H 783 here (PDF file 3k).


Rural Vermont

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Vermont Reports & Studies

Hemp
Vermont Legislative Research Shop
May 21, 2008
(PDF file 64k)

State Auditor's Report on the Domestic Cannabis Eradication
Suppression Program and the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Grant

Vermont State Auditor
January 16, 1998
Cannabis Eradication Report - Final Report - Acrobat version (PDF file 228k)
Cannabis Eradication Report - Vote Hemp archive - Acrobat version (PDF file 228k)

"In response to the April 18, 1997 request from the House Agriculture Committee, the State Auditor's Office has reviewed internal control and compliance by the Vermont Department of Public Safety over the federally-funded Domestic Cannabis Eradication Suppression Program (DCE/SP). The House Agriculture Committee also asked for a review of Vermont's 1996 and 1997 applications for the Edward Byrne Memorial Formula Grant which is administered and funded by the federal Bureau of Justice Administration (BJA). I am today releasing the results of both of those reviews..."

Transmittal Letter, Executive Summary and Final Report are available in HTML and Word formats. Written by Edward S. Flanagan, State Auditor.

Viability of Industrial Hemp
Vermont Legislative Research Shop
January, 1997
Viability of Industrial Hemp - HTML version
Viability of Industrial Hemp - Acrobat version (PDF file 50k)


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