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Vermont Lawmakers Pass Bill to Legalize Marijuana; Historic Measure Now Headed the Governor's De

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Marijuana Policy Project | May 10, 2017

MONTPELIER, VT — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state legislators and is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott.

If Scott signs it or allows it to become law without his signature, Vermont would be the first state to make marijuana legal for adults via its legislative body.

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to concur with the version of S. 22 that passed last Friday in the Senate.

Beginning in July 2018, it 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. It would also create a study commission to develop legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use.

"Vermont lawmakers made history today," said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "The Legislature has taken a crucial step toward ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. There is no rational reason to continue punishing adults for consuming a substance that is safer than alcohol.

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