That’s right folks, the Vermont’s legislature has decided to do what no state has done before and legalize recreational marijuana use (hooray!). It’s a pretty baller move, and we should commend them!
The bill, titled H.511, was passed in Vermont on Wednesday and allows anybody that is 21 years of age or older to posses up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to two plants to maturity. There is, however, no dispensary system in place, unlike most other states.
Republican Governor Phil Scott has agreed to play ball and sign the measure into law this month, even though he vetoed a previous version of this bill last may. Apparently he is coming around! So let’s not question it! But the Governor is not agreeing to this without the condition that to posses marijuana under the age of 21 is a misdemeanor. When the bill is signed, the law will take effect on July 1.
Although eight states have already legalized weed (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) all these states were voter-approved ballot measures. The difference here is that a bunch of politicians in suits in an important governmental room actually got together and agreed that marijuana should be legal. This is a first for any state in America, and so we should all tip our collective hats (or light up a joint) in honor of Vermont’s progressiveness. It shows that not only the people, but even the lawmakers are now coming around to weed.
Although Vermont’s bill is indisputably positive for the marijuana legalization battle occurring across the states, there has also been some setbacks recently. Last Wednesday, the Trump Administration announced it would no longer be offering a legal shelter for state-sanctioned marijuana sales and the businesses in that industry, a radical departure from Obama era policy.
Nonetheless, two thirds of the US support the legalization of weed according to a recent Gallop poll, and so, despite the push and pull, I think the movement is winning against the haters.