Vermont Pot Legalization Dead

Montpelier (May 3) – Vermont’s hopes to be the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation were dashed today by a House vote against legalization. The Vermont House killed Senate Language that would legalize having up to an ounce of marijuana, voting 121-28 against it. This was followed by another vote on whether or not the question should be put on a non-binding referendum for voters in the August primaries, which was also voted down 97-51. House majority leaders worked to promote “compromise language,” which would remove legalization, but add expanded decriminalization. The expanded decriminalization would decriminalize up to 2 ounces of marijuana, rather than the current 1 ounce, and decriminalize growing up to two plants.