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Vermont urged not to legalize pot

Police work to remove a marijuana growing operation from a home on South Park Street in Cambridge, Washington County. Police work to remove a marijuana growing operation from a home on South Park Street in Cambridge, Washington County. | Photo: Dan Levy / WNYT.

December 23, 2017 04:19 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Several doctors and other marijuana opponents are urging Vermont not the legalize the drug, saying it will lead to more use of the drug by both adults and young people, more fatal car crashes and more overall drug problems.
    
Vermont's Legislature is preparing to take up a legalization bill in the upcoming session.
    
In a Statehouse press conference on Friday, Dr. John Hughes, a University of Vermont psychiatrist and professor, said legalization would normalize use of the drug, leading to more people - adults and kids - using it.
    
He says that increased use will lead to more people being intoxicated and more car crashes.
    
Daryl Rodgers of Cary, North Carolina, said his son Chase's decision to use marijuana caused him to die in a car wreck in 2014.

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