Although there seemed to be a great deal of promise in Vermont becoming the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana by way of the state legislature, the issue is officially dead for 2017.
On Wednesday, the Senate approved an updated measure during a special veto session that would have legalized up to an ounce of marijuana without establishing a taxed and regulated marketplace. The bill was later executed on the front lawn of the Capitol Building, when the House of Representatives refused to give the latest attempt at this reform any consideration.
It was just last month that Governor Phil Scott vetoed a similar measure, citing multiple concerns, such as highway safety, as reason for not giving the bill his support. However, it was not long after the proposal was considered finished for the year that lawmakers began to discuss a compromise in order to put the governor’s mind at ease.
Once a new version of the bill was finally negotiated, Governor Scott said he would sign it into law if it landed on his desk.
But the House ended up sabotaging the measure because its members failed to take advantage of an opportunity to push it through a one-day…