A jar of the strain Cinderella 99 is on display at a vendor's booth at the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)

Not dead yet: Vermont marijuana legalization revived with bill rewrite

Updated April 18, 2016 at 8:24 a.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two Vermont House committees are heading in opposite directions on marijuana legalization, setting up the likelihood of a battle when the bill is debated on the House floor.

The Ways and Means Committee passed a version of the bill Friday that legalizes possession of up to an ounce by adults, and goes beyond a Senate-passed version in that it allows cultivation of up to two plants at home.

The Judiciary Committee a week earlier passed a version of the bill that did not call for legalization, but for a study of the issue, along with a new provision cracking down on drivers with both alcohol and any trace of marijuana in their systems.

The bill has one more stop at the Appropriations Committee before coming to the full House.