Vermont Senate Passes Recreational Marijuana

Vermont Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is on the cusp of becoming legal in the state of Vermont. On Feb. 25, 2016, the Vermont Senate voted 17-12 to approve S.241, a bill which would legalize recreational marijuana in small amounts.

According to the Burlington Free Press, several amendments were included in the bill during the third reading, including an amendment to increase the number of cultivator licenses.

Under the proposed legislation, residents of Vermont would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and purchase up to a half ounce at one time. Out-of-state residents would be limited to purchasing only a quarter ounce of marijuana.

S.241 has no provision for home cultivation or the sales of edible marijuana, but the bill does create a commission to study the pros and cons of selling edible marijuana products.

The bill will now go on to the House, where it is expected to face a tougher battle.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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