Vermont: Marijuana bill fails to pass, but legislators look to 2018

The bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in Vermont has gone up in smoke, but legislators are saying: Wait until next year.

S.22, the Senate bill that would have allowed adults 21 and older to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana and to grow up to two mature plants and four immature plants on private property, would have taken effect in July.

Vermont legislators hoped a veto session that wrapped up last Wednesday would result in a path forward for the bill, the final draft of which included some of the compromises requested by Gov. Phil Scott, such as tougher penalties for underage smokers and those smoking around young children.

Scott also wanted personnel changes in a commission the bill would have created, assigned to study how a recreational marijuana economy in Vermont would operate.

Lawmakers got to work before the veto session to craft a bill they...

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