Vermont governor signs bill to legalize marijuana

(via Steve Hyde, for Center on Cannabis and Social Policy)

Vermont has officially become the next state to end cannabis prohibition.

Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed a bill on Monday to allow the adult recreational use of marijuana, according to an announcement made by Scott’s office.

The law will allow adults 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow two mature and four immature plants, and will go into effect July 1.

“Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed” said Scott. “I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children.”

Vermont becomes the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process rather than a voter-approved ballot initiative. State lawmakers passed the bill last week after delaying the process on a similar bill introduced in 2017.

Unlike other states that have legalized adult use, Vermont will not initially regulate an adult-use market. Scott says he is willing to consider a future commercial system, however.

“There must be comprehensive and convincing plans…

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