Lawmakers in Vermont on Wednesday passed legislation allowing the state’s residents to possess small amounts of marijuana for their own non-medical use. The measure now goes to Gov. Phil Scott, who has said he will sign it.
The measure passed the Senate by a voice vote after it had passed the House earlier.
The law will go into effect July 1, at which point Vermonters over 21 will be legally allowed to be in possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and have two mature plants or four immature plants in their home. No permission is needed from a doctor.
The bill doesn’t allow for a commercial marijuana industry as has been the case in some other states, so if they don’t grow it themselves, Vermont residents will have to go out of state to buy their pot.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill.
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Marijuana for non-medical use is now legal in two other New England states, Massachusetts and Maine, as well as Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Washington state. Next door to Vermont in New Hampshire, a similar bill allowing possession of small amounts of pot, but no retail sales, is under consideration, but hasn’t yet passed in that state’s Senate.
In passing its legislation, Vermont becomes the first state to legalize marijuana without being forced to do so by a popular vote.