Marijuana Legalization Debate Blazes In Vermont

With marijuana legalization efforts complete in Colorado and Washington, advocacy organizations and lawmakers are looking to Vermont as one of the next major battlegrounds in the fight.

Sam VT, a group in Vermont staunchly against the legalization of marijuana, is gearing up for the upcoming debate, which will be kicked off by a new RAND Corporation study on how much tax revenue Vermont could expect if marijuana were legalized in the state. The study will be released on Jan. 15.

“As a grass roots organization we are committed to keeping our youth, our roadways, and public safe. Whenever a state looks at changing its culture by legalizing a drug, we need to think about the societal costs. VT will hopefully have a spirited discussion in 2015 that we hope will bring science, research and thoughtful discourse to a complicated topic,” Debbie Haskins, Director of SAM Vermont, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“We hope that VT’ers care enough to have this discussion based on science, rather than emotion or for money,” Debbie said.

Sam VT is hosting an educational event on Jan. 9, in order to inform legislators and other interested parties regarding the risks of legal marijuana.

Medical marijuana is already approved in Vermont, but advocacy organizations are hoping for lawmakers to move the debate all the way to its conclusion: legalization.

– Read the entire article at The Daily Caller.