Vermont looks to Colorado on marijuana legalization
Marijuana is not a new topic for lawmakers in Vermont. But, momentum and support for legalizing it is growing and that has many looking west for inspiration, specifically to Colorado. Sales of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January 2014 for those old enough to drink alcohol, the first state in the U.S. to take that step. Now other states, including Vermont, are considering following suit and have high hopes to learn as much as possible from Colorado’s lead.
“This is going to be one of the great experiments of the first half of the 21st century,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado.
The sun set on the first year of recreational marijuana in Colorado when the calendar turned from 2014 to 2015. Voters, not the Legislature, set the state on a path toward legalization when they went to the polls in 2012 in an effort to cut into the black market and cash in on what Hickenlooper calls a potential billion-dollar industry. He voiced significant skepticism at the time and ahead of implementation.