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AAPVT and VMS statement on the failure of marijuana legalization

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) and Vermont Medical Society (VMS) are pleased that our policymakers have chosen not to pass legislation legalizing marijuana at this time, and we thank them for their commitment to the health of Vermont’s citizens, especially its children. 

AAPVT statement on Gov. Scott's veto of marijuana legalization

MAY 21, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) applauds Gov. Phil Scott’s decision to veto legislation legalizing marijuana in Vermont.  

As numerous health experts testified throughout the legislative session, legalizing recreational marijuana would have created substantial risks to the health and development of Vermont’s children and adolescents, and normalized use of the drug in ways that had great potential to increase youth use rates.  

Marijuana legalization passes legislature, heads to Gov. Scott's desk

With the House and Senate’s passage of S.22, a bill that legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature (and four immature) marijuana plants per household, marijuana legalization now moves to the Governor’s office

Vermont House passes marijuana legalization bill

The Vermont House on Tuesday (May 2) passed legislation that would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and two mature (and four immature) marijuana plants per household. 

The legislation will come to the House floor for a third, and final reading, Wednesday.  The legislation’s future in the Senate, and if approved there, once it's on the Governor’s desk, is uncertain. 

For more information, read this VT Digger article

Tobacco 21 fails in close Senate vote

After a seesaw legislative session, the effort to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 has failed, suffering defeat in the Vermont Senate today by a vote of 13 (in favor of raising the age) to 16. 
 
To view how each senator voted, click here.  Please reach out to senators who supported this important public health measure and thank them.

 

Senate re-confirms Marijuana legalization on third reading

The Senate today reconfirmed on third reading its passage of legislation that would legalize marijuana.  The legislation, initially passed Friday by a vote of 21 to 9, would create a system to regulate and tax retails sales of marijuana - largely mirroring legislation passed last year by the senate - while also allowing home-grown marijuana and small-scale farming operations. 
 

New AAPVT member e-newsletter

Introducing the first issue of AAPVT's new member e-newsletter. Topics in this issue include tomorrow's House floor vote on marijuana legalization, a new "In the Statehouse" section on aapvt.org, and free “curbside” child psych phone and e-mail consultations.

Check out the first issue here

AAPVT launches “In the Statehouse” section on website

In an effort to help keep Vermont’s pediatricians up-to-date on issues of importance to them being debated but the Vermont General Assembly, the AAPVT has launched a new section on its website. 

Dr. Jill Rinehart discusses the primary care shortage on VPR

AAPVT Chapter President Dr. Jill Rinehart recently appeared on VPR’s Vermont Edition to discuss the oncoming shortage of primary care physicians in the state and what that means for Vermonters’ health.  Dr. Allan Ramsay also took part in the program, appearing first, while Dr. Rinehart joined to program at the 17:50 mark. 

For more information and to listen to the program, click here

Dr. First honored by Vermont Medical Society

The Vermont Medical Society honored Lewis First, M.D., FAAP, with its Distinguished Service Award during the 203rd VMS annual meeting held Nov. 5, in Burlington, Vt. 

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