Marijuana, Fantasy Sports Among Topics on Tap in Montpelier

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers returning for the last quarter of their two-year legislative term face decisions on whether to legalize marijuana and online fantasy sports, as well as a push to give local residents more say in siting renewable energy projects.

Friday is the annual “crossover” deadline, when bills other than taxing and spending measures are expected to have cleared the committee process and be ready for debate on the floor of the House or Senate. That’s usually a sign that the end of the legislative session is less than eight weeks away.

The marijuana bill, which would legalize possession of up to an ounce by Vermont residents 21 and older, passed the Senate in late February. It’s expected to face an uphill battle in the House, though supporters say they believe they can convince a majority of House members — as they did senators — that there are enough...

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