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.
Final approval came on a 17-to-12 vote Thursday after one senator switched what had been a no on an earlier vote to a yes. Senator Rebecca Balint, a Windham County Democrat, said she switched due to an amendment seen as favoring smaller growers of marijuana versus large commercial interests.
The bill now goes to the House, where its prospects are uncertain. Governor Peter Shumlin is a strong supporter and is expected to sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
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