By Vermont law, Governor Scott has five days from the time he receives the proposed law to review and make a decision. The Governor can sign the bill into law, veto it, or decline to weigh in. If Scott doesn’t sign or veto S.22, the bill would become law. Scott has until the end of the day on Wednesday to make up his mind.
If the bill makes it to law, Vermont adults over the age of 21 would be legally permitted to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as grow up to two plants in their home. Retail sales and commercial cultivation of marijuana would still be prohibited, though the bill calls for a regulated market to be researched for possible future implementation.
Vermont would be the first state in the Nation to legalize marijuana without the need for a public vote if S.22 survives the Governor’s