At Burlington Hearing, a Majority of Speakers Favor Legal Pot

 In Legalization, Local News, Recreational Marijuana

Jonathan Lang, who owns Lang Farm in Essex Junction, said his business hosts about 30 weddings a year, many of them for out-of-staters. If marijuana was legal, Vermont would draw even more visitors, he said.

“I think we’re missing a big opportunity,” Lang told the Senate Judiciary Committee during a public hearing Tuesday night at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. Citing the attraction of Vermont’s cheese, maple syrup and beer, he said, “It could be this, too.”

When the Senate committee, which is considering legislation that would legalize recreational sale and use of marijuana, went to the state’s largest city and held a hearing at the state’s largest college on whether to legalize marijuana, most in the audience — not surprisingly — were for it.