Marijuana legalization bill heads to Senate floor

 In Legalization, Local News

After hours of wrangling Monday, a Senate committee narrowly approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana — paving the way for the legislation to come up before the full Senate this week.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved S.241 by a slim majority of 4 to 3. But some of the committee’s yes votes were cast tentatively.

Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, said she supported the bill in committee because she thinks it’s an issue that deserves a hearing before the full Senate. But when it comes up on the floor, her vote will be “a clear no,” she said.

Under the proposal, Vermonters could legally purchase a half-ounce of marijuana at licensed retailers around the state beginning in 2018.


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