Legalization of Marijuana

Vermont has already recognized that smoking marijuana is not a criminal act.  I agree; we shouldn’t be sending people to jail because they smoke marijuana.  But we should not be promoting its use, either, much as we should not be promoting the use of tobacco or alcohol. Legalization is not the same as promotion, but it is a fine line we walk.  I would be willing to consider reasonable proposals for the legalization of marijuana, but would reject any proposal that would result in an increase in use,  particularly among adolescents, or would jeopardize the health and safety of Vermonters.