The Vermont Legislature sent its marijuana legalization bill to the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Scott Thursday, initiating a five-day countdown during which Scott will have to decide whether to sign the legislation, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.
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It’ll be one of the most closely watched decisions of Scott’s gubernatorial tenure, and he’s been inundated in recent days from both supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, and allow Vermonters to grow up to two mature plants.
On Thursday morning, a group of doctors, law enforcement officials and substance abuse counselors held a press conference in the Statehouse. Their message was unambiguous.
“I say veto this bill, stay strong with health and safety,” said alcohol and drug counselor Margo Austin.
“We are hopeful that the governor will follow through on what he said he would do as a candidate, which is to veto legislation like this that