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Republican Governor Phil Scott expected to sign off on legislation after voice vote in Democrat-controlled chamber favours measure Vermont’s senate has passed a bill to legalise recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative. Republican Governor Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure last week. Although Vermont is one of the most politically liberal states, it is also one of 23 in the nation that do not allow ballot initiatives. The Vermont bill would allow those 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two adult plants and four immature plants beginning on 1 July. It does not immediately clear the way for retail sales of the drug, leaving that up to a commission created last year to study how to tax and regulate it. Vermont state senate passes bill to legalise recreational marijuana

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