Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana after holding voter referendums. Vermont is among almost 20 states that have decriminalized marijuana possession.
Shumlin said a pot measure should include a legal market to keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of minors, a tax law enough to destroy the black market, and a ban on sale of edible marijuana.
Revenue from pot taxes must be used to boost addiction prevention, and police helped in dealing with impaired drivers, he said.
The pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance hailed Shumlin‘s move and said other governors should suit.