Marijuana legalization hits hurdles, panel vote Friday

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A key Senate committee is poised this week to advance legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but don’t start growing any pot at home.

A majority of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee appear ready to vote for the legalization bill. Chairman Dick Sears, D-Bennington, said the bill will be voted on by Friday.

Two members of the committee, Sens. Jeanette White, D-Windham, and Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, co-sponsored one of the two bills in play, so their support is secure. Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, says he’s “always been inclined” to vote yes. Sears says he is “50-50,” while the fifth member, Sen. Alice Nitka, D-Windsor, historically has not supported marijuana-related legislation.

However, Sears laid down one step he won’t take: allowing people to grow their own marijuana. That view caused people to attack him on social media over the weekend.

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