Moving Toward A Regulated Market Will Improve Our Ability To Protect And Educate Our Youth.

Vermont Makes History With Legislative Passing of Marijuana Bill 1, 2017. “80,000 Vermonters are proof that burying our heads in the sand has not proven effective in limiting the black market. Moving toward a regulated market will improve our ability to protect and educate our youth. That’s why I voted yes,” said Representative Theresa Wood (D-Washington-Chittenden) in an explanation of her stance to the Journal of the House. According to a press release published by the Marijuana Policy Project , citing a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling, “57 percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana,” and “only 39 percent are opposed.” In an interview with Vermont Public Radio (VPR) on Friday, May 12, Republican Governor Phil Scott said he hadn’t yet read the bill, or decided whether or not he will sign S. 22 into law. While Scott isn’t “philosophically opposed,” to legalization, citing a “libertarian streak” in his ideals, he expressed concern about impaired driving on state highways, as well as children’s access to edibles–issues the Marijuana Regulatory Commission is likely to address. “This bill is a compromise between the House and Senate,” said Laura Subin, the director of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, in an interview with Cannabis Business Times. “The House wanted legalization only and was not ready to focus on regulated sales.

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