Vermont awaits decision from governor on legalization of pot

Vermont awaits decision from governor on legalization of pot

Governor Scott, a Republican who took a "never-say-never" stance when asked about cannabis legalization last Fall and supports industrial hemp, has not indicated yet whether he will veto the bill. The measure makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana use among adults and the first to legalize through a legislative process.

According to Vermont laws, Scott has five business days to take action on the bill. Scott has said he thinks legalization likely inevitable in the future, but he says Vermont needs to institute enhanced highway safety measures - including a roadside marijuana impairment test that doesn't now exist - before moving forward with a legalization law. They would have to grow it themselves. "This bill creates professional, well-regulated framework for marijuana production and sales for adult use; it provides protections for residents while generating revenue for various programs throughout the state". The legislation is set to become law July 1, 2018.

While advocates and legalization proponents were hailing passage of S.22, one major hurdle remains - the governor.

"Vermont lawmakers made history today", Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement to Time.

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Still, the plant remains illegal under federal law, and those who favor the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States have been concerned about the future of legalization under President Donald Trump.

"There is strong public support for ending marijuana prohibition in DE, and that was reflected in the committee vote", said Maggie Ellinger-Locke, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. "I hate losing but we're not losing". Those businesses, along with testing and product manufacturing facilities, would pay an application fee of $5,000 and a $10,000 licensing fee every two years.

Looking back, Simon's words are nearly prophetic. ME and MA both passed legalization measures in November. But we don't know if Governor Scott is keen on making Vermont the third. He has said he supports legalizing recreational marijuana.

"I've been consistent in my response [to recreational marijuana]", he told VPR in June 2016. "I think the public is ahead of us, but elected officials tend to be cautious when it comes to change". "If we actually look at this as an economic driver it makes ideal sense". "Come with me one time to an accident and see". A number of states have rejected such proposals. ME and MA have legalized cannabis; Canada is poised to follow suit. But his office has pledged to study the bill closely to see if it satisfies his concerns over public health and safety. But this frontrunner has not given any indication whether she would put her signature on a bill calling for the state to cultivate and sell marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

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