Vermont becomes the first state to legislatively enact a law permitting recreational marijuana, which bolsters advocates for similar legislation in New Hampshire. They will also be able to have 2 mature plants and 4 immature plants at home.
Sale and public consumption of marijuana is still illegal, and Vermont will still penalize marijuana possession by individuals who have been convicted of felony sale of marijuana or of selling a regulated drug to minors, or on school grounds are prohibit. In a message to the General Assembly, he expressed "mixed emotions" about signing the bill. "I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children". Some proponents of marijuana legalization have criticized the law for not going far enough.
Eight other states have legalized pot for adults. He says the state must first address education, prevention, and highway safety strategies. "There must be comprehensive and convincing plans completed in these areas before I will begin to consider the wisdom of implementing a commercial "tax and regulate" system for an adult marijuana market".
Vermont will not collect any tax revenue from the legalization and has no plans to commercialize the market, yet.
The Republican governor had until the end of the day Monday to sign the bill.
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New Hampshire moved a year ago to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot.
There will be times when people misuse marijuana and opponents will cite the incidents as evidence that legalization was not a good thing, he said.
"Scott said previously that he's declining to hold a bill signing ceremony because 'some people don't feel that this is a momentous occasion,'" the Associated Press reports.
At least seven other states, including NY and New Hampshire, were set to debate marijuana legalization later this year. MyNBC5.com will update this story as soon as more information is available.