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Marijuana legalization debate heats up at UVM

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Should Vermont be the first New England state to legalize pot? That was the question up for debate at the University of Vermont Thursday night. Students joined a number of state lawmakers and marijuana advocates to take on the topic.

The group looked at how attitudes toward pot have changed and what would be involved in regulating the substance if it were to get the green light from Montpelier.

"It's going to happen but it will take timing. It will take cooperation of all folks and it will take avoiding finger-pointing," said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia County.

"For some people it can lead to other drugs and I think that to the extent we might be able to legalize marijuana and use revenues from the sale that we might be able to put into education, prevention, and treatment," said Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson, D-Essex.

UVM's Young Americans for Liberty sponsored the forum.

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