With a 6 to 1 vote, the Vermont Senate Committee on Finance passed a bill today that would legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. The bill was given approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee exactly two weeks ago. It now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, where its passage will set it up for a full Senate vote.
If passed into law, Senate Bill 241 would allow those 21 and older to legally possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis. The proposal would authorize a system of cultivation sites, testing facilities, and retail outlets, where people can purchase the plant.
The measure would also establish study commission to examine things such as whether or not home cultivation and edibles should be allowed.
Last month Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin announced his support for legalizing cannabis, adding much needed momentum to this ongoing effort to do just that.