Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults; Gov. Phil Scott Has Pledged to Sign

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MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Those states’ marijuana laws can only be modified by legislatures.Article continues after adAdvertisement“This will be an important milestone for the legalization movement. In the past two years, we’ve seen incredible progress on marijuana policy across New England. In Michigan, signatures have been submitted for a November 2018 ballot measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol for adults. In Washington, D.C., voters approved a ballot initiative making personal possession and home cultivation legal for adults 21 and older.Vermont and 22 other states do not have a ballot initiative process.

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MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont received final approval on Wednesday from the Vermont Senate and will soon make its way to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in 2017.

In December, Gov. Scott indicated that he intends to sign H. 511 into law.

House Bill 511 would eliminate Vermont’s civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, beginning in July.

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“This is a big step forward for Vermont,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Vermonters should be proud that their state is becoming the first to do this legislatively, rather than by ballot initiative.”

Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of...

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