Governor Peter Shumlin (D) has said he is open to serious discussion about legalization.

Vermont can be added to the ever growing list of states where a majority of people support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.

According to survey questions from Castleton Polling Institute paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project, 57 percent of Vermonters would support the state adopting a marijuana legalization law similar to the ones in Colorado and Washington State. Only 34 percent of people in the state oppose having marijuana legalized, taxed and regulated like alcohol.

Vermont is currently one of the most promising places for marijuana reform in the country. Governor Peter Shumlin (D) has said he is open to serious discussion about legalization and the government will soon prepare an official study of what the likely impact of legalization would be. The results of that study are due January 2015.

There is a very good chance Vermont could end up being the first state to adopt legalization via the legislature instead of the ballot initiative process.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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