Vermont News Articles
VERMONT SENATE PASSES MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL - March 13, 2003 -  After an intensive lobbying campaign and three committee victories in Vermont this year, the Vermont Senate passed the Marijuana Policy Project's medical marijuana bill by a convincing 22-7 vote today.

CASE EXPOSES GAP IN LAW; MAN FIRED, NOT PROSECUTED - January 22, 2003 - A mentally ill inmate at Taycheedah Correctional Institution who was impregnated by a prison guard overseeing her was ordered to serve nearly a year of solitary confinement as punishment. The guard, Matthew Emery, 24, was fired, but he cannot be charged criminally: Wisconsin is one of only four states in the country that does not explicitly prohibit sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.  Angie Hougas, a field organizer for Amnesty International, said only Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon and Vermont do not make such actions a crime. Legislation was introduced several years ago in Wisconsin to change the law, but the bill died in committee, Hougas said.