Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Strikes Down Drug Decriminalization Efforts, Vetoes Bill To Set Personal Use Amounts
A measure that was considered a first step toward decriminalizing drug possession in Vermont was vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott (R) on Thursday.
The bill, H.505, would have created a Drug Use Standards Advisory Board under the Vermont Sentencing Commission, with a goal to determine a way to legalize personal possession and use of dangerous and highly addictive drugs, such as fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, to name a few.
In addition, the measure would have removed the legal distinction between crack and powder cocaine.
The bill "places no limits on which drugs can be contemplated for legalization or the amounts, and while rightly saying we need to view substance abuse as a public health matter – a point where I agree – it includes absolutely no recognition of the often-disastrous health and safety impacts of using drugs," Scott wrote in a veto statement.
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