Vermont marijuana

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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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Gov. Phil Scott has privately signed Vermont's recreational marijuana bill into law "with mixed emotions."

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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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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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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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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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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 House Speaker Shap Smith is expressing doubt about whether marijuana legalization will pass this year. Smith tells The Associated Press there are several ways the measure could die. 

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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 Committee on Government Operations took testimony today on possible legalization of recreational marijuana.

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A nine-member delegation that includes law enforcement officials, drug treatment experts, marijuana supporters and detractors left Vermont to travel to Colorado Sunday. They are gathering information on that state's experience with marijuana legalization.   They talked about their expectations just before they boarded their plane on Sunday.

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A new study says legalizing marijuana in Vermont could produce millions in tax revenue if no other nearby states also allow it.

Vt. Gov Says Marijuana Will Be Legal Some Day

Sep 12, 2013
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he thinks marijuana should be legalized in the state, but not right now.

He says he believes that legalizing and taxing marijuana is the direction the country is headed and "Vermont should be a part of that conversation."

But he says he's not willing to do that now.

Shumlin made the comments Wednesday after being asked about the topic during his weekly news conference.

Last month the U.S Justice Department said it would not sue to block laws in Colorado and Washington state that allow for recreational use of marijuana.