In a highly anticipated press conference in Montpelier, Vt., Gov. Phil Scott announces he will veto the legislation that would have made Vermont the 9th state to legalize marijuana!
The House only passed the measure by 13 votes two weeks ago. Given the tight margin, it is unlikely that Vermont lawmakers will muster the support to override the governor’s veto.
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Montpelier, Vermont – Vermont is on track to become ninth state to legalize marijuana.
Last week, Vermont legislators approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. If not vetoed (Gov does not need to sign law), Vermont will become the ninth state to legalize marijuana and the first to legalize via legislation as opposed to the ballot box.
The measure is set to take effect in July 2018 and would allow adults (21+) to purchase and possess marijuana. Although Gov. Phil Scott can still veto this measure, he has indicated that he is not opposed to the legislation. The governors’ principle concern has been in regards to public safety on the states roads and highways.
Governor Scot has until tomorrow, May 24th – Wednesday to veto the measure, or it will become law.
The governor’s office has been inundated with pleas from both supporters and detractors of the bill that would allow residents to grow two mature marijuana plants and possess up to an ounce of dried flower. Vermont’s neighbors, Massachusetts and nearby state Maine – have both already legalized recreational marijuana.
If you would like to contact Governor Scott’s office and voice your opinion of this legislation, call the Gov’s office at 802-828-3333 (fax: 802-828-3339).
You can also email the Governor’s office by clicking here