As we reported before, a lot of people were really hoping Vermont was going to become the first state to legalize marijuana through its legislature. Vermont’s House and Senate passed a bill that would allow residents over the age of 21 to use marijuana recreationally, but on Wednesday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) vetoed the bill.

That’s too bad, because 57 percent of Vermont residents support legalizing marijuana. Vermont’s Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman (who is part of Vermont’s Progressive Party) touched on this before the bill got vetoed.

“I think it reflects that Vermont elected officials are more in touch with our constituents than a lot of elected officials in other states,” said Zuckerman. “I think the public is ahead of us, but elected officials tend to be cautious when it comes to change.”

Gov. Scott said Wednesday that he is not opposed to legalizing marijuana, but he wants the legislature to change the bill that was sent to his desk.

“We are disappointed by the governor’s decision to veto this widely supported legislation, but we are very encouraged by the governor’s offer to work with legislators to pass a legalization bill during the summer veto session,” said Matt Simon, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Lawmakers have an opportunity to address the governor’s concerns and pass a revised bill this summer, and we are excited about its prospects.”

[Image from philscott.org]

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