Hogan vetoed SB 517, which would have legalized marijuana paraphernalia, and made smoking weed in a public place a civil offense.
The bill was designed to clear up confusion that arose in connection with the marijuana decriminalization laws passed last year. However, Hogan still sees a cloud hanging over the measure.
In a veto statement, Hogan said the bill effectively eliminates penalties for getting high while driving.
If the bill became law, Hogan wrote, police “would be left with no authority to make a traffic stop if they see someone smoking marijuana while driving.”
He said the veto was requested by groups that represent law enforcement.
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