Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have legalized consumption and home cultivation of recreational marijuana, dashing hopes the state would be the first in the nation to approve adult-use cannabis through the Legislature.
But Scott, a Republican, left the door open for compromise legislation that lawmakers could stitch together over the summer.
The vetoed bill, approved earlier this month by lawmakers, could have paved the way for a regulated commercial market in Vermont.
By rejecting the legislation, Scott set back efforts to make Vermont the third New England state to approve recreational marijuana, after