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Vermont Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization, Keeps Bill Moving Ahead

On Wednesday afternoon, the Vermont Senate became only the second legislative body in the nation to approve a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana. But the narrow vote spotlights the controversial nature of the legislation. And proposal still faces staunch opposition in the House.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Bennington Sen. Dick Sears was viewed as one of the key stumbling blocks to the legalization proposal.

“If you had told me even three months ago that I’d be voting yes, and actually speaking on the floor and defending this bill, I would have told you you were crazy,” Sears said during a more than two-hour floor debate Wednesday. [Read more at VPR.net]

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