I received a questionnaire from the Marijuana Policy Project asking candidates to weigh in on whether or not they thought marijuana should be legalized in Vermont. Here’s the language they used:
In 2012, voters in two states — Colorado and Washington — decided to end their failed policies prohibiting the use of marijuana by adults. Since then, both states have developed responsible systems for regulating and taxing marijuana, rather than continuing to leave this lucrative market in the hands of criminal enterprises.
Vermonters overwhelmingly agree that this is a sensible idea: A poll conducted by Castleton Polling Institute in May 2014 found that 57% of Vermonters support regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol in Vermont, while only 34% said they were opposed.
This year, our candidate survey consists of only one simple question:
If elected, will you support legislation that would replace Vermont’s prohibition of marijuana with a responsible system of taxation and regulation?
- Yes, Vermont should end prohibition and adopt sensible regulations.
- No, Vermont should not regulate marijuana.
- Undecided/need more information.
I chose the first option, “Yes, Vermont should end prohibition and adopt sensible regulations.” In the Comments field, I wrote:
I believe that the majority of Vermonters support legalization of marijuana, and in general I support it, too. I believe that the revenue generated from taxing legal marijuana can help alleviate future budget pressures, and I look forward to the results of the study of taxation and regulation of marijuana required by this year’s S.247/Act 155.
Please contact me if you have any questions about this!