Election Day ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts and Maine could light a fire under Vermont lawmakers.

Observers say that if voters in those states say yes to pot, as polls suggest they will, it could spur the Vermont legislature to take up the issue — again.

Just eight months ago, the Green Mountain State was poised to become the first on the East Coast to allow residents and visitors to legally use marijuana.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bill, and Gov. Peter Shumlin voiced his support. Business groups started circling to get a piece of the anticipated windfall from sales. But in May, the House killed the bill, 121 to 28.

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Mark Davis ~ SevenDaysVT.com ~

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