Marijuana legalization falters in the House
During a one-day special session, the latest pitch for marijuana legalization flamed out Wednesday.
For the fifth time in two years, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana. But a refusal to suspend chamber rules in the House stalled the bill during the brief special session — delaying further action on the issue until January.
Lawmakers made the bid to pass a modified version of marijuana legalization after Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of S.22, a bill that would have allowed adult possession of small amounts of pot.
Scott nixed the bill in May but offered a list of suggestions for how the measure could be changed to win his support.
Over the following weeks, a new proposal emerged that maintained the initial legalization provision — allowing adults to possess up to an ounce of pot and to grow up to six plants at home, as of July 2018. The revised bill included concessions to Scott, such as creating criminal penalties for using marijuana in a car with kids and stiffening penalties for providing pot to those under age.