Burlington officials defeat ballot question on pot decriminalization

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Vermont lawmakers aren’t the only ones taking up the issue of marijuana possession.

In Burlington, the City Council has defeated a ballot question on decriminalization of marijuana that would have asked the governor and Legislature to explore alternatives to criminal prosecution of people caught with small amounts.

On Tuesday, the City Council narrowly defeated the ballot question.

But the panel voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the mayor and City Council to continue exploring the prospect of decriminalization.

Sponsor Ed Adrian says he’s disappointed voters didn’t get to decide the issue, but he says that’s the way the democratic process works.

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