The reports of the marijuana legalization bill's death may have been greatly exaggerated.
The House Human Services Committee expects to discuss the bill next week, according to committee chair Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington). The panel will focus on youth drug prevention programs and the impact legalization could have on young people, she said.
Lawmakers pulled the bill, H.170, from the House floor this week and sent it to the Human Services Committee this week because it lacked the votes to pass. The legislation would allow possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, two plants and four seedlings. It would not legalize sale of the drug.
The bill's sidelining led many to conclude the legislation was dead for the year. Pugh’s comments suggest that might not be the case.