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Vermont House Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

Recreational Marijuana In Vermont

H. 511 Eliminates Vermont’s civil penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The Bill was passed by Vermont’s house and now is expected to pass in the State’s Senate. Vermont’s Senate passed a very similar bill in 2017 but it was vetoed by Governor Phil Scott before it could be implemented.

Vermont is now in the position to become the ninth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Vermont’s House of Representatives has signed off on legislation that would allow adults 21 years old or older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow cannabis at their homes.

“We applaud lawmakers for heeding the calls of their constituents and taking this important step toward treating marijuana more like alcohol”, said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

The passing of this bill would make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through the State’s legislature instead of a ballot initiative.

Eight other states and Washington D.C. currently have recreational marijuana laws in place. Only six of these states allow recreational sales: Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

“It is becoming clear that states are exhausted of helping the federal government enforce outdated and harmful marijuana polices and are ready to make this legal for adults”, said Matthew Schweich, interim executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

If implemented, the new bill would go into effect in July. It would allow possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and the ability for adults at the age of 21 and older to grow up to two mature plants and up to four immature plants on their property.

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