The Vermont House has blocked consideration of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Lawmakers in the House refused to take up the bill during a special veto session. Negotiators addressed the concerns expressed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott when he vetoed the bill last month that would have made Vermont the ninth state in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
When Scott vetoed the bill he said he was not philosophically opposed to marijuana legalization, but had concerns about public safety, children’s health, and how to measure impaired drivers.
“I don’t think anyone has an illusion that it won’t eventually pass, but why do we have to do it now?” House Minority Leader Don Turner, a Republican, said.
The Legislature can still take up the bill when lawmakers return in January, and it can be passed in time to have the same effective date. The proposal would legalize recreational use of marijuana effective on July 1, 2018.