Vermont Becomes First State to Legalize Marijuana Through State Legislature


Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R.) on Monday signed into law a measure allowing the possession of marijuana for recreational use.

This is the first time a state legislature has voted to legalize the drug, the Hill reports.

"This is a milestone in the evolving politics of marijuana," marijuana legalization advocate Tom Angell said.

Scott vetoed a legalization bill last year over concerns about its language but pledged to work with the legislature to iron out those issues.

The law will not allow for a commercial marijuana market, a fact that some anti-marijuana advocates are praising.

"In so many ways, this is a big setback for the pot industry. Vermont will be off-limits to them for the foreseeable future," Kevin Sabet, who leads the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches, said.

Adults in Vermont over the age of 21 will be permitted to possess an ounce of the drug and may grow as many as two marijuana plants at home. Scott promised to veto a bill allowing any sale of marijuana unless the state did more to stop young people from using and to strengthen traffic safety.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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