‘Disappointed’ in House inaction on pot, senators mull options
Senate leaders said Tuesday they are disappointed the House has not passed legislation this year to legalize marijuana.
The House has not approved H.170, a bill that would legalize adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana or two mature plants. A floor vote on the measure was postponed last month amid uncertainty about the level of support, and the bill is with the House Human Services Committee for more review.
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, said Tuesday that “barring a miracle” legalization is not likely to pass the Legislature this year.
Ashe said the Senate hoped to have several weeks to work on a House-led legalization proposal. He indicated that many in the Senate favor a regulation and taxation model, which the body passed twice last year only to see it die in the House.
At this point, the timing in the session is a challenge, he said.
At the end of this week, Senate committees that meet in the morning, including the Judiciary Committee, will cease meeting for the year — a sign that the legislative session is nearing its end.