Their issue mirrors that in other states – they want the tax money marijuana brings in to help balance the state budget . For Scott, marijuana legalization presents a bit of a legal quagmire. A Republican serving his first year in office, Scott has politicians in his party vehemently opposed to legalized, adult-use marijuana. However, the bill, passed in the Legislature by a narrow margin, had approval of 57 percent of the state’s voters, according to this survey from March. Scott told reporters after his veto of the bill that he is “not philosophically opposed to eliminating the prohibition on marijuana,” he just wants some changes. Related: San Diego Company Bids to Become First Marijuana Business on NYSE Actually, the changes Scott wants are relatively minor, leading Vermont newspaper the Burlington Free Press to report there might be a deal by summer. Most of Scott’s issues are about kids and time. He wants: Longer sentences for those who use marijuana in front of children or offer it to children, as well as more severe penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana More time for the state to study the regulatory structure needed to have a legal marijuana market, perhaps pushing it back to 2019 or beyond The Vermont Legislature goes back into session in late June and there could be a compromise worked out there. State Sen. Dick Sears, a Democrat, told the Free-Press its “not a slam dunk but it’s possible.” But while Scott has proposed a compromise, his own party may keep it from happening. Rep.
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