Vergennes police chief to discuss marijuana legalization on Wednesday

VERGENNES — Join the Bixby Memorial Free Library on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. for a presentation and discussion with City Police Chief and Vermont Police Association President George Merkel about his opposition to marijuana legalization.
In 2016 a bill to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in Vermont stalled in the state House of Representatives. This year a bill to allow recreational use was vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott. Now Scott has created a commission to study legalization’s impacts, especially on highway and road safety and education. The marijuana question continues to trouble Vermont, especially now that Massachusetts, Maine and Canada have all made or are making marijuana use legal.
Chief Merkel has been vocal in his opposition to marijuana legalization and he continues to have concerns. He will present his take on challenges and health risks and especially how legalization will affect law enforcement.
This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, contact Muir Haman, Bixby adult services librarian, at [email protected] or 802-877-2211.  Bixby Memorial Library is at 258 Main St., Vergennes.

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