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Vermont lawmakers expected to resume marijuana debate

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 31, 2017 04:24 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are expecting to resume the debate about legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the opening days of the 2018 legislative session, which begins Wednesday.
    
A revised marijuana legalization bill was passed by the state Senate in June that addressed concerns expressed when Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the original bill passed by both chambers in May.
    
The House did not have time to act on the proposal during a one-day veto session, but since 2018 is the second year of the two-year session, the bill remains active and can be voted on as earlier as Thursday.
    
Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley says legalization is not a priority for the governor, but he will sign a legalization bill if it reaches his desk.

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