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Vermont House votes to legalize the possession of marijuana

Vermont House votes to legalize the possession of marijuana

"This is a thoughtful, incremental approach to marijuana legalization, and we're proud to be the first state in the nation to pass marijuana legalization without the pressure of a public referendum" said House Majority Leader, Representative Jill Krowinski.

Vermont made history last night by becoming the first state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis use and cultivation for adults 21 and over by legislature rather than the traditional ballot method.

The bill would not establish a system for retail marijuana sales, but Mr. Scott created a commission past year tasked with studying the possibility of taxing and regulating the plant in order to eventually establish a commercial cannabis marketplace. It would then head to Governor Phil Scott's desk for his signature.

"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 policy director for MPP.

The bill would only legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants for adults 21 and older. MI voters are likely to see a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot this November, and New Jersey's new Democratic governor has pledged to legalize marijuana in that state.

Lawmakers in the Vermont Senate, which is poised to take up the bill next week, were similarly defiant.

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Since, a commission formed by the governor has been studying possible outcomes of legalized pot in the state.

Vermont legislators' decision to move forward on legalization is emblematic of the difficulties the Justice Department will face if it attempts to crack down on state-legal marijuana operations.

Throughout the debate in the Statehouse, the full House rejected a series of Republican-proposed changes.

"It is becoming clear that states are exhausted of helping the federal government enforce outdated and harmful marijuana polices and are ready to make this legal for adults", said Matthew Schweich, interim executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

President Trump's attorney general, Mr. Sessions, issued a memorandum earlier Thursday calling those policies "unnecessary" and said they were rescinded immediately, casting uncertainties concerning the future of the states' medical and recreational marijuana laws.


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