MONTPELIER, Vt. - The House passed a bill Thursday to loosen restrictions on Vermont's medical marijuana program.
The bill allows more dispensaries to open, and adds Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of approved conditions, among other things.
A big change was added to the bill, asking the state to do a study on taxing and regulating marijuana--or legalization. The study would look at how much revenue Vermont would raise in taxes by legalizing cannabis, and would study how legalization is doing in other states.
"If we legalized in Vermont, what would it mean for us?" said Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vermont). "In terms of revenue, in terms of implications. So I support the study. Colorado and Washington state are doing us a huge favor by pioneering this one, figuring it out, and letting us learn from their successes as well as their challenges and mistakes."
The Agency of Administration has to present the study to the legislature by January 15, 2015.
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