Yesterday VT Governor Phil Scott vetoed SB 22 that would have legalized Marijuana for recreational use. SB 22 passed the Vermont Legislature on May 10th and now appears to be finished at least until the legislature meets in January of 2018.
In his blog, the Governor said he has always and continues to support medical marijuana laws and decriminalization but felt key questions and concerns involving public safety and health need to be addressed before moving forward with legalization.
Scott wants the state to know how to detect and measure impairment on Vermont’s roadways, fund and implement additional substance abuse prevention education, keep VT’s children safe and penalize those who do not, and measure how legalization impacts the mental health and substance abuse issues Vermont communities are already facing. He also wanted stronger penalties for those selling to minors and on school grounds