Gov. Scott Vetoes Marijuana Bill

Posted May 25, 2017

The Marijuana Regulatory Commission the bill would create needs to include police, health and tax collecting representatives, and should be responsible for coming up with impairment limits for drivers, testing mechanisms, and education and prevention programs for minors, he added. He and most of his peers already planned on returning for a veto session in late June to address the governor's concern over teacher health care.

Second, I am asking for changes to more aggressively penalize consumption while driving, and usage in the presence of minors.

Some say they are frustrated with Gov. Scott's changes, but others agree these should be included if marijuana is to be legal.

Phil Scott (R) has vetoed legislation that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, delivering a blow to legalization backers who hoped Vermont would be the next domino to fall.

The Republican governor said Wednesday that changes could be made to the bill in a veto session this summer.

Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening is up for review by a key state legislative committee.

While Scott has said he isn't "philosophically opposed", to marijuana legalization, he urged that better protections against impaired driving - including a roadside test - be written into the language of the bill.

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Advocates for more progressive marijuana laws in the state also voiced disappointment in the veto, but were optimistic that a compromise bill could take shape soon. Finally, the commission would have at least a year to look at all of this before putting forward its recommendations.

Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson issued a statement following the governor's veto that says in part: "We know that prohibition does not work".

"[He] also [rejected] the will of the majority of Vermont voters who support ending criminal penalties for those adults who consume cannabis responsibly", he said.

"I grew up in a family that.I've found members that struggled with alcoholism", Scott said.

In addition to repealing the Depression-era law, the bill would prohibit new package stores from being licensed within 1,000 feet of schools; require small bottles, 6.8 ounces or less, to be displayed only behind the counter; and require that checkout clerks under the age of 18 be supervised by people 18 or older when alcohol is being purchased. "We need to move a little bit slower". Vermont would be the first state to make marijuana legal for adults via its legislative body rather than a ballot initiative.

During the press conference, Gov. Scott said he has never smoked marijuana, but has several friends that do, noting that they have told him they would continue to buy marijuana on the black market if it was taxed too much in the state. Similar to Washington, D.C.'s marijuana law, it would not have allowed for sale or commercial cultivation of the drug.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the US, and the trend of states bucking prohibition in favor of legal regulation reflects a broad cultural shift toward greater acceptance of the plant.