Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Tuesday that he is open to discussing the regulation and legalization of limited amounts of marijuana for adult use following the Justice Department announcement stating that marijuana businesses will be allowed to operate in Colorado and Washington.

"I think we should learn from Washington and from Colorado," Shumlin told reporters yesterday. "But I don't think we should let them get too far ahead of us."

Vermont currently allows for medical cannabis dispensaries, which have been selling to registered patients for the last few months. The state also decriminalized an ounce or less of cannabis, making possession a $300 fine.

"We are losing the battle in Vermont on opiates, prescription drugs, heroin and other drugs that are ravaging our communities, driving crime and destroying families," Shumlin told reporters. "And I think it's smart to continue to look at how we're spending our law enforcement dollars, and what makes the most sense when it comes to small amounts of marijuana."