Vermont House Speaker: Marijuana Bill Unlikely to Pass

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Vermont’s legislative session is expected to wrap-up next month, and House Speaker Shap Smith says it is very unlikely a bill that would legalize marijuana will pass.

In an interview with Local 22 & Local 44 Tuesday, Smith said the House bill doesn’t have enough votes, and the Senate bill certainly doesn’t.

“We have had it pass through the judiciary and the Ways and Means Committee. It’s not clear whether either version that came through one of those committees has the votes on the house floor,” said Smith. “It also has an uphill climb on the appropriations committee so if I was a betting person I would not bet on anything coming through.”

In February, the Senate passed a bill that would make it legal for adults 21 and up to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

Smith said he expects the legislative session will end on Saturday, May 7.

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