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2Sep/150

11 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next

With a majority of Americans in favor of marijuana legalization, it seems to be only time before the herb is legal in every state. Currently only four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington) and D.C. have legalized recreational pot for adults—but according to financial blog 24/7 Wall St., 11 more states might not be far behind.

The blog's predictions are based on two criteria: states where medical marijuana is legal and states where possession of small amounts of weed is not punishable by jail.

Other considerations included the number of marijuana-related arrests per 100,000 residents, the estimated proportion of residents who used marijuana in the past year and public opinion polls.

According to USA Today, most of the states on the list also have a high number of marijuana users, with nine surpassing the nationwide rate.

See the list below:

1. Massachusetts

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $100
Marijuana Related Arrests in 2012: 2,596
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 39
Minimum Penalty Classification : Civil Offense

2. Nevada

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $600
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 8,524
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 309
Minimum Penalty Classification: Misdemeanor

3. California

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $100
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 21,256
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 56
Minimum Penalty Classification: Infraction

4. New York

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $100
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 112,974
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 577
Minimum Penalty Classification: Not Classified

5. Vermont

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $200
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 926
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 148
Minimum Penalty Classification: Civil Violation

6. Minnesota

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $200
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 12,051
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 224
Minimum Penalty Classification: Misdemeanor

7. Connecticut

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $150
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 3,747
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 104
Minimum Penalty Classification: Civil Penalty

8. Maryland

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $100
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 22,042
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 375
Minimum Penalty Classification: Civil Offense

9. Rhode Island

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $150
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 2,320
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 221
Minimum Penalty Classification: Civil Violation

10. Maine

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $600
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 3,202
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 241
Minimum Penalty Classification: Civil Violation

11. Delaware

Maximum Fine for Small Amount of Pot: $575
Marijuana-Related Arrests in 2012: 2,912
Marijuana Arrests per 100,000: 318
Minimum Penalty Classification: Misdemeanor

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25Mar/118

Thats whats up VermonT!

Medical Dispensaries Bill Has Support

Friday, 03/25/11 7:34am
Ric Cengeri - Colchester, VT

(Host) Two medical marijuana dispensaries would be created under a bill that is working its way through committee in the Vermont Senate.

One would be located in southern Vermont and the other in the northern part of the state. 

Each outlet would be allowed to grow and dispense medical marijuana for up to 500 registered patients.

VPR's Ric Cengeri reports.

(Cengeri) A bill that passed the legislature in 2004 and became law without Governor Jim Douglas's signature allowed for the use of medical marijuana in Vermont. Today, there are 344 people who are on the state's medical marijuana registry.

The bill allows those on the registry to grow their own plants for personal medical use, or they can designate a caretaker to handle it for them.

The Senate considered creating five medical marijuana dispensaries last year. But that bill was pulled because there wasn't enough support in the House.

This year's version would create just two dispensaries. They would operate under the direction of the Department of Public Safety.

Senator Dick Sears is one of the sponsors.

(Sears) "One of the reasons we put it with the Department of Public Safety is because it's an illegal drug under federal law." 

(Cengeri) The Shumlin administration backs the bill. Keith Flynn is the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.

(Flynn) "The department would be in support of this, recognizing that one of the things that the department is charged with is quite an extensive task to engage in the rule making. What we'd be required to do is, there are a number of factors that we would set up, that we would be required to set up, such as expansion of data base fields for law enforcement data base, inspection of the dispensaries, notification to the Department of Public Safety when employees, officers in charge are let go or leave the employment."

(Cengeri) Flynn believes the bill has safeguards that would ensure the dispensaries were closely regulated.

But he says his department will need enough time to study similar medical marijuana distribution systems in other states to see what has been effective.

The bill recently won unanimous approval in the Government Operations Committee and is now in the hands of the Senate Finance Committee.

For VPR News, I'm Ric Cengeri.

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