MONTPELIER, Vt. – In a matter of weeks, lawmakers will be back to work at the Statehouse in Montpelier and there is already a buzz as to which issue will steal the spotlight, the legalization of marijuana in Vermont.
Earlier this year, the Vermont legislature was on its way to become the first legislative body in the country to legalize recreational pot.
“It was rocky, people weren’t quite ready,” said Maxine Grad, D- Moretown.
The house and senate approved legislation that would have allowed adults to possess an ounce of marijuana, two mature plants and four immature plants.
Grad is also the chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee and was behind the bill, “For me it’s a criminal justice issue, it’s a libertarian issue… The bill at the same time did have safeguards for highway safety and youth access, those are things we did try to address,” she said.
However, it wasn’t enough for Governor Phil Scott who axed the proposal citing highway and youth safety concerns.
“I believe what adults do behind closed doors and on their own