Vermont Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill, Which Now Heads To Gov. Scott

Vermont poised to approve recreational marijuana

Vermont could become the ninth state to legalize recreational cannabis soon, and the first to do so via the legislature. Earlier this week the House passed the bill by an 81-63 vote, after far lengthier debate. Scott indicated that he intends to sign H.

The bill removes the civil penalty and fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and allows limited growing of marijuana plants.

The Vermont Senate has voted to legalize recreational marijuana, putting the state back on path towards becoming the first in the country to legalize cannabis with its legislative body rather than a ballot measure.

The state Senate approved the legislation Wednesday by voice vote. To date, all eight states that have enacted legalization of the adult use of marijuana, as well as the District of Columbia have done so by a direct vote of the people.

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"This will be an important milestone for the legalization movement". The Vermont bill won't establish a system for regulating, taxing and selling the plant like in the states with retail weed laws in place, but Mr. Scott previously created a group tasked with weighing whether or not Vermont should join their ranks. Those states' marijuana laws can only be modified by legislatures.

"For the second time in two years, Vermont lawmakers have rejected the failed Flat Earth policies of marijuana prohibition", NORML's Deputy Director Paul Armentano said,"The majority of Vermonters, like the majority of the American public, desire to live in a community where responsible adults who choose to consume cannabis are no longer criminalized or stigmatized".

Passage would put the state directly at odds with the Trump administration. New Hampshire lawmakers in the state's House approved a similar bill recently.

The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation's largest marijuana policy organization.

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