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Vermont Senate passes recreational marijuana bill, governor expected to sign

•, By John Bowden

Gov. Phil Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Vermont's Senate had previously passed a version of the bill last summer, but today's vote was required to approve the state House of Representatives's decision to remove a study commission from the bill.

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

Scott vetoed a recreational marijuana bill last May, declaring that he wasn't opposed to recreational marijuana but wanted to form a committee to study the issue's implementation in Vermont. That study committee held its first meeting in November, and was set to issue its next report on Jan. 15.

Republicans in the state attempted a last-ditch effort to delay the bill until the report is released, but were unsuccessful, according to the Burlington Free Press.

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