Upper Valley officials react to rejection of marijuana legalization
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Gov. Phil Scott’s decision to veto legislation that would have made small amounts of recreational marijuana legal for adults drew mixed reactions on Wednesday from Upper Valley residents long involved in the criminal justice system.
“I think it was the most hopeful bad news I have heard in a while,” said former Windsor County State’s Attorney Bobby Sand, who attended Scott’s news conference in Montpelier. “I walked away as optimistic as I’ve ever been that Vermont might be the first state to legislate a change.”
Sand, a longtime proponent for marijuana reform who said prohibition is the wrong approach, said the issue for him isn’t the substance itself, but a matter of freedom.
“I don’t think the government belongs in our doctor’s offices, bedrooms, living rooms and in our secure garden plots,” said Sand, a Woodstock resident. “I’m optimistic that by the end of June we might have a law that celebrates and embraces that freedom.”