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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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  After ten years at Wesleyan, John Hickenlooper found himself laid off from his first job as a geologist. So he rented a space in an empty warehouse in an empty pocket of Denver’s downtown to open a brewpub. He turned out to be a natural at the job; the pub was a huge success. In fifteen years, he blossomed from small business owner into millionaire at the helm of a string of pubs across the western United States. He was so influential in the community that, encouraged by many, he ran for mayor of Denver, essentially as a lark. And then he won.

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The last vestige of hope for marijuana legalization advocates has fallen by the wayside as the  Vermont Legislature moves towards adjournment.

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Vermont’s long-awaited move toward marijuana legalization will take even longer.  The Vermont House passed a resolution this afternoon that gutted a Senate bill to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

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The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has voted 6 to 5 to gut Senate legislation that would legalize marijuana and instead presented a new bill for consideration.

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The Vermont Senate has passed and moved to the House legislation that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.  The House Judiciary and Government Operations committees will take public testimony on the bill later this week.

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The Vermont Senate has given final passage to a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by residents of the state.

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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in the state.

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