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Overflowing Crowd For Hearing to Legalizing Marijuana In Vermont

Overflowing Crowd For Hearing to Legalizing Marijuana In Vermont

By Zachary Babin - March 31, 2016

  ASSOCIATED PRESS

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters for and against legalizing marijuana in vermont are lining up at the Statehouse to testify on whether the state should take that step.

The House Judiciary and Government Operations committees are taking testimony on a Senate-passed bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for people 21 and older.

The House chamber is expected to be filled to capacity, and overflow areas have been set up with video hookups to the hearing in the Statehouse cafeteria and a first-floor hearing room.

House Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Maxine Grad — a Moretown Democrat — says her panel hopes to finish its work on the bill next week. She says it’s unclear whether the panel will vote to support the measure.