Gov. Phil Scott says he’s about to convene a “blue ribbon commission” to study issues related to the legalization of marijuana.
In less than a year, retail outlets in Maine and Massachusetts will begin selling legal recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. Scott says he wants the new commission to help answer questions raised by the arrival of legal weed in nearby states.
“For me it’s to address some of the issues that I had initially about highway safety: How do we work with our neighbors? How do we make sure that we’re protecting the most vulnerable and our kids?” Scott says.
Vermont lawmakers were poised to establish a legalization commission of their own earlier this year, but the proposal never made it past the legislative finish line.
Bennington County Sen. Dick Sears is the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a vocal proponent of creating a legal cannabis industry. Sears says he hoped to use that legislative commission to settle some unanswered questions of his own.
“Should we do something like Washington State? Should we do