The bill removes the civil penalty and fine for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana, and allows limited growing of marijuana plants.
"We will continue to work toward legalization and will resist any attempts by Attorney General Sessions or the Trump administration to impose its will on the states and to stop the progress that has been made to reform the prohibition-type mentality that criminalizes the use of marijuana". This tri-partisan bill is a thoughtful approach that is expected to become law, given Governor Scott's expressed support. The law would take effect July 1.
The momentum for legal marijuana is gaining in Vermont.
Law enforcement officials in Vermont are urging lawmakers to slow a fast-moving marijuana legalization bill that is poised for Senate passage this week.
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According to Reuter's Matt Simon, who is the New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, said "Vermont in particular doesn't care very much what the attorney general thinks". They even gained a few votes past year. The governor pledged in May to sign a revised bill that addressed his concerns.
While the bill allows individuals to grow and use small amounts of marijuana, it does not create a tax or regulatory system for a legal marijuana industry, meaning cannabis stores will still be illegal, Fox reported. "Vermonters should be proud that their state is becoming the first to do this legislatively, rather than by ballot initiative".
TELL US, do you think Vermont will legalize cannabis? Vermont's Legislature this week gave final approval to a measure legalizing marijuana, and the governor has indicated he would sign it.
Scott says there are "a lot of diverse opinions" about the bill.
And that could mean if Raimondo and other fence-sitting lawmakers were reluctant to move on legalization before, Sessions' announcement will make them even harder to persuade, said Rep. Scott Slater.
A marijuana legalization commission appointed by the governor isn't expected to issue its final report on the the subject until December 15 2018, seven months after the session closes and a month after the election season.