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Vermont Governor Scott Says He Will Sign Marijuana Bill

Lawmakers advocates business owners talk about what marijuana legalization would mean for Vermont Vermont Governor Scott Says He Will Sign Marijuana Bill
Melissa Porter | 12 January, 2018, 18:41

The Senate approved the legislation on a voice vote.

While not as robust as some of the ballot initiatives the state has seen before, this bill will eliminate Vermont's civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants.

"This will be an important milestone for the legalization movement".

The bill seems well on its way to becoming law.

The Senate passed essentially the same legislation in June, and the governor has said he would sign it. I also look forward to the report from the Governor's Marijuana Commission.

"CBD works beautifully with essential oils, but often just the inclusion of a small amount of THC can put a remedy over the top and make it that much better", Andrews said. Actually, I think we need even more time to consider the outcomes that are developing in states that have already legalized marijuana including Colorado and California. The bill does not allow any retail sales for the drug or generate new tax revenue.

"Substance use should be treated as a health care matter, not a crime", Rep. Rob Cina, P-Burlington, said as the debate drew to a close.

Phil Scott says he will sign a bill legalizing possession of recreational marijuana that received final approval by state lawmakers on Wednesday. In vetoing that legislation, the governor suggested ways it could be changed to gain his support. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature there have said a bill could be passed by early spring. "These are bills the legislators were going to act on anyway".

Law enforcement officials in Vermont are urging lawmakers to slow a fast-moving marijuana legalization bill that is poised for Senate passage this week.

Sessions is a longtime opponent of legalized marijuana.

While not likely to be as historic as the legalization wave of 2016, this is expected to be a watershed year for the cannabis industry. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018. In its first year, he estimated that $15 million to $20 million could be raised through the tax.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Vermont's bill. "Then I'll sign the bill", he added.

The study also reveals that 782,000 additional jobs would be created nationwide if marijuana were legalized today.

"The legislative system is catching up with the public".

Incoming governor Phil Murphy campaigned on legalizing marijuana.

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