Leahy To Trump Administration: Don’t Threaten States That Legalize Marijuana
VPR / By BOB KINZEL / JAN 5, 2018
Sen. Patrick Leahy says he strongly opposes a decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have the Department of Justice crack down on states that have legalized marijuana and Leahy says he will do everything that he can to block this new policy from going into place.
Vermont Sen. Dick Sears is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee. Sears says he’s disappointed in the change of policy made by the Trump Administration.
“I think we need a more rational approach on both the state and federal level to marijuana prohibition. I think it’s much better to have the states regulating it,” said Sears.
Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through the legislative process. All others have been approved through voter referendums.
A bill allowing individuals to possess up to an ounce of pot passed the Vermont House last week and will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday. [Read more on Vermont’s bill here.]
Gov. Phil Scott says he’ll sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
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