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Vt. marijuana study dies with speaker's ruling

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Plans to debate a proposal to study the potential revenue impact of marijuana legalization in Vermont apparently have died in the Vermont House.

Rep. Kristina Michelsen, a Hardwick Democrat, asked to amend a miscellaneous tax bill to include a study of how much tax revenue might flow from legalizing and taxing marijuana in the state.

But on a request from Barre Town Republican Rep. Thomas Koch, House Speaker Shap Smith ruled the amendment not germane to the underlying bill. That meant the issue was not debated.

Backers of marijuana legalization point to Colorado, where the state collected more than $2 million in taxes in January, the first month pot was legalized in that state.

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