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    A final set of regulations has been written to govern the burgeoning marijuana industry in Massachusetts.  It sets the stage for the start of retail pot sales on July 1st.   But it is unknown how many marijuana stores will open in the state then and where.

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On Monday, Governor Phil Scott signed legislation legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont, bringing an end to years of debate and efforts on both sides of the issue.  The general reaction from legislators appears to mirror Scott’s desire to move on to other issues.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he expects to sign a bill before Monday that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he plans to sign a bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he hasn't decided yet if he will do it publicly.

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The Vermont Senate approved the legalization of small amounts of marijuana today and sent the measure to the governor for his signature.

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Supporters of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana held a press conference in the Vermont Statehouse this afternoon as the bill awaits debate in the state Senate.

In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued progress seems certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory forty years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. 

Emily Dufton holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. Her new book is "Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America." In it, she tells the remarkable story of marijuana's crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again, and of the thousands of grassroots activists who made changing marijuana laws their life's work.

A growing number of Massachusetts communities are opting to leave their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed an Executive Order Thursday creating a Marijuana Advisory Commission.  The members are tasked with crafting recommendations to address the health, public safety and regulatory issues surrounding the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has established a Marijuana Advisory Commission that will study the best way to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

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Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he thinks it will be possible to reach an agreement with lawmakers on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana ahead of next week's two-day session, in which the Legislature will act on the bills the governor has vetoed.

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Governor Phil Scott today vetoed Vermont’s first-in-the-nation legislatively approved marijuana legalization bill.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Montpelier today as the governor explained why he is sending the legislation back.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has approved a special zoning permit for marijuana-related businesses in town. 

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A marijuana legalization proponent says the Vermont Legislature's vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana shows the "walls of prohibition" are falling and it is here to stay.

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The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the first state in the country to legalize pot via its legislative body. But it’s unclear if the governor will sign it into law.

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The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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A legal marijuana plan has suddenly resurfaced and passed the Vermont Senate on a 21-9 vote, though it's highly unlikely the House will move on the bill this year.

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The anticipated vote on a bill in the Vermont House that would legalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was aborted Tuesday after leaders determined there was not enough support to pass the measure.

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A Vermont measure that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use has passed a House committee.

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A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

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A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to lessen the penalties for possessing a small amount of marijuana, and says he wants to promote industrial hemp production in New York.

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192 Vermonters have been pardoned by out-going Governor Peter Shumlin for minor violations committed before the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts. Legal, but not readily available.

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In the closing days of his administration, Governor Peter Shumlin is inviting Vermonters to apply for pardons if they were convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

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Voters have approved a ballot measure making Massachusetts the first state in the eastern U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Amsterdam Police have discovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in an empty warehouse.

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