Senate passes marijuana legalization bill

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Vermont is now the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, rather than via a citizen referendum.

If H. 511 becomes law, Vermont will be the first state to legislatively act to eliminate both criminal and civil penalties for personal marijuana possession and growing.

Lawmakers in the Vermont Senate took a voice vote Wednesday in favor of a bill that lets adults 21 and over possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow as many as four pot plants at a time, sending the legislation to 's desk where he's expected to sign it.

This liberal standpoint on cannabis places Vermont directly in opposition with the Trump administration, with US Attorney Jeff Sessions reversing the Obama-administration policy, making it easier to enforce federal laws and banning cannabis in eight states where it's already been made legal.

For now, anyway. The bill also calls for a task force appointed by the governor to study the issue and recommend "legislation on implementing and operating a comprehensive regulatory and revenue system for an adult marijuana market" by December 31.

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"We'll take a look at it to make sure it's technically correct, and then I'll sign the bill", Scott said during a Statehouse press conference yesterday.

Vermont very almost legalized it past year.

The Senate quickly approved the changes, but House Republicans blocked a needed vote on them during a short budget session last summer.

Six the states that have legalized recreational marijuana now have laws in place that let adults purchase retail weed from legal dispensaries - Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

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