Vermont's marijuana legalization bill has the support of Gov. Peter Shumlin. (David McNew, Getty Images)

Talking pot: Vermont House panels set marijuana hearing for March 31

Committee will take testimony on whether to legalize cannabis possession up to one ounce, a measure supported by Gov. Peter Shumlin

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A legislative proposal to legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana will be the topic at a Statehouse hearing later this month.

The House Judiciary and Government Operations committees will take testimony on Senate Bill 241 from 5 to 7 p.m. March 31 in the House chamber.

A big crowd is expected, and the committees are limiting each speaker to two minutes.

The Senate last month passed a bill calling for legalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by people 21 or older in Vermont. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he supports the measure.