Bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont receives approval from legislators
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A bill that would make marijuana legal for adults in Vermont has received final approval from state legislators and will now head to the governor's desk.
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to concur with the Senate’s version of S. 22, which would eliminate penalties for personal marijuana possession and cultivation by adults 21 and older beginning in July 2018. It would also create a study commission on regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use.
The bill will now head to Governor Phil Scott's desk, where if he signs it or allows it to become law without his signature, Vermont would be the first state to make marijuana legal for adults via its legislative body.
Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling. Only 39 percent opposed.