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Vt. House gives marijuana bill a clear path to governor’s desk

MONTPELIER – The Vermont House of Representatives has signed off on the marijuana legalization bill that was crafted as a compromise after Gov. Phil Scott’s veto.

The bill would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow their own plants at home. H. 511 would not create a legal market for marijuana in Vermont, nor would it impose any taxes.

The Senate already passed a version of the bill last summer but will need to approve the House’s decision to remove a study commission. After that final review, the bill will move to the governor’s desk.

Lawmakers spent hours Thursday debating the bill, which was widely expected to pass. Supporters staved off a series of attempts to slow the legislation and rejected several last-minute amendments that would have substantially changed the bill.

House members first rejected a Republican-led effort to delay the vote until the governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission issues its next report on Jan. 15 about preventing youth drug use, detecting impaired drivers and other issues. [Read More @ Burlington Free Press]

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