Vermont House OKs Legal Marijuana Study

VERMONT:  The Vermont House on Thursday passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee struggled to find a standard to determine when a driver is impaired by drugs.

If the Senate and Gov. Peter Shumlin agree, the legalization study would be focused mainly on the fiscal impact of regulating and taxing marijuana. Shumlin has said he would consider that idea in a future legislative session but wants to see first how legalization works out for the two states that have done so by referendum, Colorado and Washington.

The House gave the measure final passage on a voice vote with no debate. Most of the debate came Wednesday, when it was up for preliminary approval.