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Vermont Governor Scott Expects To Sign Pot Bill Before Monday

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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.
Last week the state Senate gave final approval to a bill that will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, two mature plants and four immature plants, making Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process, rather than via a citizen referendum. The law would take effect July 1.

A lawyer has been reviewing the bill and Governor Scott said Thursday that he will sign the bill privately, to respect those who oppose the measure.

Scott had vetoed an earlier version of it, but his concerns were addressed in the revised legislation that passed last week.

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