Advocate Says Vermont Pot Law Recognizes Legalization Trend

May 11, 2017

A marijuana legalization proponent says the Vermont Legislature's vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana shows the "walls of prohibition" are falling and it is here to stay.

Matt Simon, the regional representative of the Marijuana Policy Project, says the approval of marijuana legalization measures last November by voters in Massachusetts and Maine is what brought legalization to the East Coast.

He says Vermont is recognizing the reality that marijuana is going to become legal nearby and it's best to control it.  “All of those states have seen increased discussions of this issue. In Vermont that led to the Legislature actually passing a bill.”

The Vermont bill would legalize the use of small amounts of marijuana effective next year

Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott has not said if he will sign or veto the marijuana bill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.