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Vermont AG supports regulating marijuana sales

A bud tender prepares marijuana for a customer at MedMen, a dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif.
A bud tender prepares marijuana for a customer at MedMen, a dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif.(Richard Vogel/Associated Press/Files)

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced his support for a bill taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Democrat spoke during a state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, saying ‘‘we can’t tell Vermonters that they can possess and be silent on how you obtain it.’’

Donovan cited the recent arrest of a Burlington store owner accused of selling marijuana from the store, saying a regulated system is ‘‘about protecting consumers and protecting kids.’’

An administration spokesperson tells NECN that Governor Phil Scott still wants roadway safety to be a regular part of marijuana discussions.

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Senator Dick Sears, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, says he is hopeful the House will look favorably on the bill as a ‘‘vehicle to bring Vermont forward.’’