MONTPELIER, VT. >> A state where a large cadre of home brewers coexists with a booming microbrew industry won't soon have an analogous situation with marijuana, if a key Vermont lawmaker gets his way.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears says he'll advance a bill to regulate and tax pot commercially if it gets majority support in his committee.

But Sears, a Bennington Democrat, says Vermont is not ready for the idea of a marijuana plant tucked between the jade and spider plants on the windowsill. Others think if legalization comes to Vermont, any adult with a green thumb should be allowed to get high on gardening.

The first two states to legalize were split on the issue, with Colorado saying yes to homegrown and Washington not allowing it.