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Marijuana decriminalization bill stalls in committee

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Those working on a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana say the bill still has significant issues.

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington County, says the bill's passage through his Judiciary Committee has stalled. He says he's concerned that current language may decriminalize pot for those under 21, but not alcohol, and questions about the proper amount of marijuana to decriminalize still exist. Sears also says illegal drug dealers should be forced to report illicit earnings on their tax forms.

"Which is basically what Al Capone went to jail for, failure to pay his taxes. And these folks who are dealing drugs in our state ought to be paying taxes on those drugs," Sears said.

The bill is expected to make it out of committee this week. The measure passed the House and has the support of the Senate and governor.

As currently written, those over 21 caught with up to 1 ounce of marijuana would face a $100 civil ticket rather than a criminal offense.

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