Senate sends marijuana legalization to House for second time

 In Legalization, Local News

Senators are trying to prod the House into action on legalizing marijuana by sending their legislation over a second time — this time attached to a House bill.

The Senate attached the full text of S.241, which passed the body in February, to a separate bill as an amendment Wednesday. The underlying bill, H.858, makes a series of miscellaneous changes to criminal procedure.

The move, spearheaded by Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, comes as S.241 has reached a standstill in a House committee.

However, House Speaker Shap Smith said his membership still won’t vote for legalization — no matter how many times it’s proposed.

After moving through two committees, one of which stripped legalization and regulation completely from the legislation, S.241 landed in the House Appropriations Committee in mid-April. According to Smith, there is not sufficient support to move it out of that committee.

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