Vermonters Return From Marijuana-Policy Tour

Nine people from Vermont, including Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan and representatives from both sides of the legalization debate, met with Colorado regulators, marijuana businesses and nonprofit organizations during the busy three-day trip.

VERMONT: Vermont leaders say touring through Colorado’s medical and recreational marijuana landscape this week gave them a lot to think about.

Nine people from Vermont, including Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan and representatives from both sides of the legalization debate, met with Colorado regulators, marijuana businesses and nonprofit organizations during the busy three-day trip.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Darrow said he knew little about marijuana policy before boarding the plane to Colorado.

“I went out there thinking this was a pretty simple proposition, a binary question — yes or no, legalization?” Darrow recalled.

But the group encountered a slew of issues associated with the rising marijuana industry: For example, taxed and regulated legal sales are still more expensive than black market marijuana or medical marijuana, Darrow said.

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