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)

Vermont gov creates commission to study cannabis legalization issues

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has established a Marijuana Advisory Commission that will study the best way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

The commission created Thursday must issue a report to the Legislature by January.

In May, the Republican governor vetoed a bill passed by the Legislature that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. He says he’s not philosophically opposed to legalizing marijuana, but he wants to study issues such as impaired driving, how to keep it away from children and how sales should be taxed.

The commission will be co-chaired by Republican attorney Tom Little and Jake Perkinson, the former chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party.

The Legislature is expected to revisit marijuana legalization in the session that begins in January.