House committee opts to study marijuana legalization

 In Legalization, Local News

After hearing from dozens of witnesses over several weeks on marijuana legalization, the House Judiciary Committee is putting pen to paper anew.

Chair Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, put forward a fresh proposal for a bill Wednesday afternoon.

The draft, which would be introduced as a new committee bill, would decriminalize possession of up to two marijuana plants, and would create a commission to study and make recommendations on the issue of legalization and regulation in the future.

The proposal is a step back from S.241, the marijuana bill that passed the Senate in February. It would have legalized recreational use of pot by adults and allowed for licensed cultivation and sale as of the beginning of 2018.

That bill passed the Senate on a 17 to 12 vote.

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