Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, but all four did so through citizen-proposed and voter-approved initiatives that bypassed lawmakers. In Vermont — as in 26 other states — voters can’t change the law directly. A new group aims to make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through its elected officials.

Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana

Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Logo

The Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana held a press conference Tuesday to announce its creation and intent. The group — made up of concerned organizations and individuals — wants to end marijuana prohibition in Vermont and replace it with a regulated and taxed system similar to alcohol. With a receptive legislature and governor, 2015 might be the year.

“Vermonters are ready to end marijuana prohibition,” said Matt Simon, New England political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, in a press release.

Read Full Article at