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After a failed legislative referendum to pass recreational marijuana in 2017, the Vermont legislature has started off 2018 with another attempt at recreational marijuana legalization.  This past Thursday, the Vermont House of Representatives voted to legalized the possession and home cultivation of marijuana in the state.  In order to be passed, the Vermont Senate still needs to vote to pass the law, as well as the state governor.

As of yet, all recreational marijuana laws have been passed via voter initiatives.  If passed, Vermont will be the first state to pass recreational marijuana via legislative initiative.  Governor Phil Scott has already promised to sign the bill if the Senate votes to approve it in the coming week.

In 2017 both the House and the Senate passed the recreational marijuana law, however, Governor Scott refused to sign it without several small revisions.   The bill was unable to be passed during the 2017 session, but was immediately acted upon when the 2018 legislative session opened early last week.  The House passed the bill with an 81-63 margin.  Representatives voted down several amendments to the bill, including one that would have delayed the bill because of the news last week about federal marijuana policy enforcement.

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