- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Supporters of marijuana legalization in Vermont have talked about a tightly regulated industry, with permits for and size limits on grow operations and special stores to sell the drug.

But now some are saying simple legalization of possessing small amounts would mark progress.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Tuesday both for and against legalization.

At a news conference following the committee’s meeting, supporters of legalization continued to talk up regulation and taxation of the drug.

But Laura Subin, an attorney and director of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, said it would mark important progress if lawmakers this year simply legalize possession of small amounts of the drug. She says further development of a regulatory system could be left for future years.

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