Vermont Governor Wants Legislation To Legalize Marijuana

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.

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