This Tuesday is the Primary Election in Vermont. While marijuana legalization is not on the Vermont ballot this election, the issue is a hot topic in candidate races. Vermont may possibly legalize marijuana via the Legislature this next session, so how candidates feel about the issue is very important. Three Republican candidates for Governor are on board with marijuana legalization. Per Reformer:
Steve Berry of Wolcott, Scott Milne of Pomfret and Emily Peyton of Putney, all on this coming Tuesday’s primary ballot, appeared on Vermont Public Radio to air their views about those and a range of other topics.
On marijuana, all three agreed Vermont should move to legalize it, something which is expected to be debated when lawmakers return in January. Peyton and Berry spoke strongly in favor; Milne said, “If a bill reaches my desk from the Legislature to legalize marijuana, I will do that.”
The next Governor of Vermont could very well be the first Governor to sign a marijuana legalization bill from a state legislature. While I’m not the biggest fan of the Republican Party, I do like candidates that support marijuana legalization, especially big party candidates. There are always third party candidates that support marijuana legalization in statewide races, but unfortunately, they don’t win very often. I’m curious to see what Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin has to say about the GOP candidate’s stances.