When Vermont legislators reconvened in January for the start of the new legislative session, they wasted no time, taking up marijuana legalization bill H.511 on the very first day.
While their haste left some Vermonters wondering what the big hurry was, the road to legalization was anything but short and its pros continue to stack up against the cons.
In his executive order creating the Marijuana Advisory Commission, Governor Phil Scott laid out the reasons Vermont’s lawmakers may want to consider legalization.
“Vermont must adopt a balanced approach to marijuana legalization which takes into consideration realities of current consumption levels, legalization in neighboring jurisdictions and facts regarding local impacts, the risk of harm to our youth, impaired driving and the social consequences of drug use and addiction, particularly in the context of the state’s opioid crisis,” Scott said in the order.
Vermont was the ninth state in the country to legalize recreational use, but it didn’t go as far as its New England neighbors Maine and Massachusetts, which have already established tax-and-regulate systems.
Lamoille County’s senator Rich Westman has supported