On June 21, the Senate passed a compromise legalization bill that Gov. Phil Scott said he would sign. 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. The amended bill, H. 511, will have to wait until the legislature reconvenes — either later this year or in January — before it can pass the House and advance to Gov. Scott’s desk.
Talking Points – Ending Prohibition and Regulating Marijuana for Adult Use
— Marijuana prohibition has failed. The Rand Corporation’s report for Vermont found that around 80,000 Vermonters use marijuana on a monthly basis, and that they spend approximately $175 million each year buying marijuana from the illicit market. This is money that could instead be going to regulated Vermont businesses that will not sell to underage consumers or introduce their customers to dangerous drugs such as heroin. [Source: Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions, Rand Corporation, 2015]
– Fifty-five percent of Vermonters support making marijuana legal for adults, while only 32% are opposed. [Source: Castleton Polling Institute, February 2016)
– Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition was in the 1920s and 1930s. Most Americans agree it is time to replace this failed policy with a more sensible approach. [Gallup poll in October 2015 found 58% support for making marijuana legal for adults.]
– Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It is less toxic, less addictive, and less harmful to the body, and it does not contribute to violent and reckless behavior. Adults should not be punished for choosing to use the safer substance.
– By regulating marijuana like alcohol, we can take sales out of the hands of illicit drug dealers and put them behind the counters of state-licensed businesses that are creating legitimate jobs and paying taxes.
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Community organizations, businesses, unions, civil rights groups, and faith-based groups all have an interest in taking marijuana out of the illicit market and regulating it. Why not raise the issue with any group you belong to? Email us at [email protected] to let us know if you would like our help working on an endorsement.