Bennington Police chief testifies before State Senate in hearings on marijuana bills

MONTPELIER, VT. — The clock is ticking on a Senate committee considering whether lawmakers should move ahead with a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana in Vermont.

If the Judiciary Committee decides to move forward with legalization, the five-member panel will need to approve a bill by Jan. 29, according to its chairman. The committee is considering two pieces of legislation: S.95, introduced last session by Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, and S.241, from Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham.

As the race against the clock begins, a cacophony of opposing voices is swelling under the golden dome.

Two representatives from Vermont law enforcement spoke before the committee Tuesday, expressing strong opposition to proposals to create a regulated market for marijuana in the state.

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette, head of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, told the Senate committee that his colleagues around Vermont are adamantly opposed...

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