Marijuana Legalization Vetoed, But Vermont Governor Signals a Future Deal

Gov. Phil Scott rejected a marijuana legalization bill that passed the Vermont Legislature this month, but said he was willing to work with lawmakers on a compromise.

Gov. Phil Scott rejected a marijuana legalization bill that passed the Vermont Legislature this month, but said he was willing to work with lawmakers on a compromise.

 

Scott said he would send the bill back to the Legislature with suggestions to strengthen the bill to his liking. His specific concerns include what he considered weak penalties for sale of marijuana to minors and more time for a commission studying a regulated market.

 

"If the Legislature agrees to make the changes I am seeking, we can move forward with this discussion in a way that ensures the public health and safety of our communities and our children continue to come first," Scott said as he announced his veto Wednesday.

Caroline Cournoyer is GOVERNING's senior web editor.
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