Advocates to legalize marijuana in Vermont are ramping up the pressure on the Legislature today by announcing an old fashioned marketing campaign.

A new television ad featuring a former Vermont attorney general speaking out in support of regulating marijuana will begin airing statewide on Tuesday.

Speaker of the House Shap Smith said earlier this month that he believes legalization will happen, but not this session.

Governor Peter Shumlin, like Smith, supports legalization, but with very strict controls on availability, regulation and law enforcement. Pro-legalization advocates are pushing the issue now before the Legislature and the governorship turn over next year.

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