Vermont could become the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature

Vermont may soon make history: Its legislature could be the very first in the country to legalize marijuana.

On Thursday, the Vermont Senate passed a pot legalization bill. It now moves to the House, which will need to approve it before it ends up on the governor's desk. But Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he supports the bill.

Vermont wouldn't be the first state to legalize pot; it follows in the steps of four other states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska — and Washington, DC. But all those places approved legalization through a general election vote, so the legislature didn't decide the issue.

Vermont has been considering marijuana legalization for years, previously commissioning a report from the RAND Corporation about the policy. In 2015, RAND teamed up with drug policy experts across the country to release a 218-page reportdetailing what marijuana legalization would look like in the state, how...

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