Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

Vermont Legalization Bill Blocked by House of Representatives

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Vermont will have to wait another year until recreational marijuana can be legalized. During a special veto session, which took place on June 21, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to block consideration of a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Although the Vermont legalization bill had support from both the House and Senate as well Gov. Phil Scott, who initially vetoed the bill, House Republicans refused to suspend the rules in order to fast track the measure, claiming that more discussion is needed on the issue.

“What’s the hurry?” said Rep. Don Turner, as quoted by NECN. “I don’t think anyone has an illusion that it won’t eventually pass. When they do hurry things, people are left out.”

Under the proposed measure, Vermont residents would have been able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two mature and four immature plants. The measure also addressed concerns raised by Scott, clarifying the penalties for providing marijuana to a minor.

With the special veto session now over, legalization advocates will have to wait until the legislature reconvenes in January 2018 before the issue is taken up once again.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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