Representatives Postpone ‘Pot Bill’ Vote by A Day


by Carla Occaso

MONTPELIER— The ultimate demise of the “pot bill” has been postponed yet again.

At 8:38 p.m. May 2, bill H.858 containing language to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana, finally came before lawmakers on the floor of the House of Representatives. Moretown Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Washington – 7, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, moved to postpone bill H.858 for one Legislative day. It was agreed upon by voice vote unanimously. The Monday session adjourned about five minutes later.

Matt Simon, left, New England Political Director at Marijuana Policy Project

Matt Simon, left, New England Political Director at Marijuana Policy Project

This bill was among many “unfinished business” items scheduled for a rare Monday session.

The bill, H. 858, appeared in the form of an amendment to an unrelated bill originating and approved by the house. It contained the entire senate version of a plan to legalize and regulate cultivation and retail sales of marijuana for recreational use. Medical use has been legalized and regulated for several years.

The Senate pot regulation bill — approved by senators weeks ago by a split vote — did not make it through House committees (Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Appropriations) intact, so senators tacked their original version on a separate House bill and sent it back for final approval.

Bill H.858, is “an act relating to miscellaneous criminal procedure amendments,” and primarily deals with an amendment to the sex offender registry, court reimbursements and definitions of people driving while “under the influence of intoxicating liquor or other substance with either death or serious bodily injury resulting.”

H.858 is now scheduled to be acted upon on Tuesday, May 3.

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