Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) has vetoed legislation that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use, delivering a blow to legalization backers who hoped Vermont would be the next domino to fall.
Scott told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he is not strictly opposed to legalization, but he said he would ask the legislature to make changes to the bill.
“I’m not philosophically opposed to ending the prohibition on marijuana,” Scott said, according to local news outlets.
Vermont legislators are unlikely to override Scott’s veto of the measure, which passed by only a narrow margin.
Legalization advocates took solace in Scott’s comments, which they said could lead to a new bill as early as July. [Read More at The Hill]