The Vermont Senate passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, making the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative. "Public opinion obviously matters, but again, I have to do what I think is right for the state throughout from a public safety standpoint".
Lawmakers in the Vermont Senate took a voice vote Wednesday in favor of a bill that lets adults 21 and over possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow as many as four pot plants at a time, sending the legislation to 's desk where he's expected to sign it.
GOP Sen. Randy Brock of Franklin, VT - who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy - said he voted against the bill after hearing opposition from medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and educators.
Six the states that have legalized recreational marijuana now have laws in place that let adults purchase retail weed from legal dispensaries - Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.
Sandoval said it was "premature" to determine whether he will direct state Attorney General Adam Laxalt to file any formal lawsuits aimed at preventing the federal government from interfering with Nevada's regulated marijuana industry. "It needs to be decided federally".
Although the majority of New Jerseyans support marijuana legalization, some believe it may not come as quickly as within the first 100 days.
Vermont very almost legalized it a year ago. "With the way this bill is written, having a few plants, there's nothing that the feds could do even if they wanted to".
A proposal to create a taxed and regulated retail marijuana market stalled in the last session, resulting in the compromise bill to legalize possession of small amounts of cannabis.