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The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana


The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that legalizes the possession and consumption of marijuana and allows state residents to grow the plant in their homes. Gov. Phil Scott has said he would sign the bill, which would make Vermont the first state to ...


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Tech Finance Politics Strategy Life All Tech Finance Politics Strategy Life All (function() { 'use strict'; // Notify the DFP code that a new ad has just been rendered amplify.publish('adRender'); }()); × From To You have successfully emailed the post. × The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana Jeremy Berke Jan10, 2018, 2:52 PM 6,256 facebook linkedin twitter email print Vermont is on its way to becoming the ninth state with legal marijuana. REUTERS/Andres Stapff The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that legalizes the possession and consumption of marijuana and allows state residents to grow the plant in their homes. GovPhil Scott has said he would sign the bill, which would make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through a state legislature, rather than a ballot initiative.  The bill, however, doesn't set up a commercial market for the sale of marijuana.    The Vermont Senate just approved a measure allowing the possession and recreational consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of 21The move comes as a sharp rebuke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent announcement that the Justice Department will go back to enforcing federal drug laws in states that have legalized the drug. (The US government considers cannabis an illegal, Schedule I substance.) Vermont's new bill is limited in scope — it doesn't establish a market for production and sale of the drugBut it will make Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana via the legislature, rather than through a ballot initiative, provided Republican GovPhil Scott signs the billThe previous eight states to legalize marijuana, along with Washington D.C., have all done so through a statewide vote.  GovScott has previously told reporters he will sign the bill, though he vetoed a previous version in MayScott will have five days to sign the bill once it lands on his desk. Vermont GovPhil Scott previously said he would sign the bill. Alison Redlich/AP After he signs, the new policy would go into effect on July 1. Some lawmakers may press to establish a market for the sale of marijuana after that.  Sessions is a longtime opponent of legalized marijuanaThe Attorney General rescinded the Obama-era directive known as the Cole Memo, which instructed the Justice Department to place a low priority on enforcing federal marijuana laws against businesses and organizations that comply with state laws.  The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Vermont's bill.  Activists in favor of marijuana legalization are cheering the state's move, however. "While prohibitionists like Attorney General Jeff Sessions desperately try to force our country to return to the dark ages, his flailing seems to be for naught," Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a statement"The American people have made their position clear." Approximately 64% of Americans currently support cannabis legalization, according to a recent Gallup pollAs of March 2017, 57% of Vermonters were in favor of it. New Hampshire's House – Vermont's direct neighbor — passed a similar marijuana legalization bill on Tuesday.  SEE ALSO: Jeff Sessions has fired the first shot in his long-awaited crackdown on marijuana — and some investors see it as an opportunity NOW WATCH: The biggest problem with serving sizes for marijuana edibles right now More: Cannabis Marijuana Vermont Justice Department facebook linkedin twitter email print --> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-1r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); Recommended For You Powered by Sailthru The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana The Vermont Senate just passed a bill legalizing cannabis — a rebuke to Jeff Sessions' crackdown on marijuana The Vermont Senate has passed a bill that... 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