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Will Vermont be the East Coast hub of marijuana tourism?
Will Vermont be the East Coast hub of marijuana tourism?

Forget ski resorts and prize-winning maple syrup, the big tourism draw for the small New England state of Vermont could soon be marijuana. Led by Gov. Peter Shumlin, lawmakers in Vermont are eagerly exploring the prospects of legalizing a drug which for a number of years has been as much a part of the local culture as tie-dyes, psychedelic music and hippie farmers. The state commissioned the RAND Corp. to look at what it would mean for the Green Mountain State to become the official beachhead of legal recreational pot sales on the East Coast. If nothing else, RAND's report predicts a tourism boom. Vermonters already have a considerable taste for marijuana, smoking or otherwise...

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