An eleventh-hour push to resurrect legislation that would have created a legal market for retail marijuana sales fizzled out Friday, but many elected officials say it’s only a matter of time before Vermont decides to tax and regulate cannabis.
The legislative intrigue began on Thursday afternoon, when Winooski Rep. Diana Gonzalez started laying the procedural ground work for a vote on the tax-and-regulate bill.
Gonzalez said she was optimistic that a tri-partisan coalition of lawmakers had the votes needed to pass the measure.
Democratic leadership in the House had other ideas, however. And on Friday morning, House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski moved to postpone action on the measure indefinitely.
“I believe that with the remaining time we have left this session, we need to use it on the remaining priorities that we have,” Krowinski said.
Krowinski was echoing the sentiment of House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, who said Thursday that the tax-and-regulate bill was “far too large of a policy change to be jumping into the last week or two of the session.”
Democrats largely followed their speaker’s lead, and, despite