Yesterday the Vermont State House voted 79-66 to legalize recreational marijuana starting next year.
The law, Senate Bill 22, removes penalties for adults over 21 who possess less than an ounce of marijuana and allows them to grow two mature plants. It also sets up a committee to develop a Colorado-style regulated market.
Governor Phil Scott has not said whether or not he will sign it. “I’ll take a look at the bill, but I’ve been pretty clear I’d like to see some improvements to ensure a structure in place to protect public safety in Vermont,” Scott stated.
Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004 with very few problems.
If Scott signs it into law, it will be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislative process instead of a public referendum.