The Vermont Senate today gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting Vermont on course to become the first state in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a citizen referendum.
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FILE – This June 27, 2017 file photo shows popcorn shaped marijuana nuggets in a plastic container at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary owned by Jerred Kiloh in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The New Hampshire House took a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports the House voted, 207-139, in favor of an amended legalization bill. From the story:
The amended bill would permit adults to possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, and certain marijuana-infused products. Adults could also cultivate up to six pot plants at home.
Speaker Gene Chandler said the bill now goes to the House Ways & Means Committee, according to NHPR.
The passage marks a rebuke of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday made it easier for prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have opted for legalization of the substance. (Read more about that here.)
The Vermont House approved the legalization of recreational marijuana that same day, and lawmakers have said the Vermont Senate could vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signaled he would sign it into law if it passes.
From the Sunday Valley News:
Although medical marijuana is legal in both New Hampshire and Vermont, a number of obstacles stand in the way of some who wish to use it, including the conflict between state and federal law, a hesitancy among some doctors to recommend it and a limited number of dispensaries where it is available.
Click here to read more. And below, find a glossary/graphic from Shawn Braley.
“I think it was the most hopeful bad news I have heard in a while,” said former Windsor County State’s Attorney Bobby Sand, who attended (Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s) news conference in Montpelier. “I walked away as optimistic as I’ve ever been that Vermont might be the first state to legislate a change.”