Vermont Legislature approves recreational marijuana bill

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Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of the Legislature.

The Vermont Senate gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana in their home, and Republican Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign it into law, according to the Burlington Free Press.

The bill does not set up a system to tax and regulate the sale of marijuana. Some Democrats in Vermont hope that step will come later, the newspaper reported.

As states around the country have legalized pot in recent years, it has always come about by citizen referendum and not a vote of the Legislature.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week revoked an Obama era policy of looking the other way in states that had legalized uses of marijuana. The Vermont bill would permit adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and have two mature plants or four immature plants in their home.

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