Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order creating a commission tasked with exploring the state’s options for legalizing marijuana months after vetoing a bill aiming to do the same.
The 13-member commission unveiled Thursday by Mr. Scott, a first-term Republican, will meet in the coming months “in order to establish a common baseline understanding of the most credible data regarding health endpoints of marijuana use and safety impacts of legalization,” according to a copy of his executive order.
The commission will hold its first meeting on or by Oct. 1 and is expected to give the governor a report early next year containing its recommendations with respect to adding Vermont to the growing list of states with legal marijuana, his order says.
“We cannot ignore the fact that states around us have already legalized,” Mr. Scott said in a statement. “This Commission is part of a more thoughtful, deliberative process to deal with an issue that impacts all of us.”