A Divided House Judiciary Committee Ponders the Pot Bill

 In Legalization, Local News

On March 8, as Vermont lawmakers returned from their weeklong town meeting break, the House Judiciary Committee gathered to sort through pending bills.

“Rumor is, the Senate sent us a bill,” joked Rep. Tom Burditt (R-West Rutland).

“It’s here,” responded committee chair Maxine Grad (D-Moretown).

It, of course, is the marijuana legalization bill, the hot-button issue that has so far hogged the 2016 legislative spotlight. Last month, the Senate passed a 95-page bill that would establish a system to permit, tax and regulate marijuana growing, testing and sales.

Now it’s the House’s turn to weigh in. First stop is the House Judiciary Committee, where seven Democrats and four Republicans have started studying what the Senate sent over.

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