Signed as Law: Vermont Legalizes Recreational Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jan. 22, 2018) – Today, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that allows the recreational use of marijuana. Just weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to ramp up federal marijuana prohibition enforcement, passage represents a stinging rebuke from the state of Vermont.

House Bill 511 (H.511) allows adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (currently a civil offense punishable by a maximum fine of $500) and grow up to six plants, two of them mature, per household. Growers also may keep at home whatever quantity of marijuana those plants produce. Growing one or two plants is currently a misdemeanor, while growing more than that is a felony. H. 511 does not allow commercial production and distribution for the recreational market. Scott, a Republican elected in 2016, has appointed a commission to study that issue.

The noncommercial approach is similar to a bill advancing in neighboring New Hampshire. There, the House passed a similar legalization measure earlier this month.

According to Jacob Sullum at Reason, Scott, a Republican who vetoed a previous legalization bill last May, is not keen on commercialization. In a message to the General Assembly, he …

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