On May 10, 2017, the Vermont House of Representatives made history when it voted to approve the Senate’s amendment to S. 22 and sent the bill to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. Although eight other states have legalized marijuana by ballot initiative, this was the first time any state legislature had voted to pass a bill ending marijuana prohibition.
Gov. Scott vetoed the bill on May 24. On a positive note, he promised to work with the Legislature on a plan that could pass this summer during the veto session, which began on June 21.
On June 21, the Senate passed a compromise bill that met Gov. Scott’s approval, H. 511. Unfortunately, the House rejected a motion to bring the bill up for consideration — which required a three-quarter supermajority — and the veto session ended without further action. H. 511 will have to wait until the legislature reconvenes in January — before it can pass the House and advance to Gov. Scott’s desk.
On Sept. 7, Gov. Scott signed an executive order creating a Marijuana Advisory Commission. The commission held its first meeting on Sept. 28.