Vermont AG supports regulating marijuana sales

February 1, 2019
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, then-Chittenden County States Attorney T. J. Donovan speaks at a news conference in Burlington, Vt. Donovan, Vermont's incumbent Democratic attorney general, faces a challenge from Republican state Rep. Janssen Willhoit in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced his support for a bill taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Democrat spoke during a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, saying “we can’t tell Vermonters that they can possess and be silent on how you obtain it.”

Donovan cited the recent arrest of a Burlington store owner accused of selling marijuana from the store, saying a regulated system is “about protecting consumers and protecting kids.”

An administration spokesperson tells NECN Gov. Phil Scott still wants roadway safety to be a regular part of marijuana discussions.

Sen. Dick Sears, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, says he is hopeful the House will look favorably on the bill as a “vehicle to bring Vermont forward.”

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