Marijuana legalization proponents will urge lawmakers to pass legislation to remove legal penalties for adult possession of marijuana and home cultivation of marijuana plants.
The Rutland Herald reports that Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana members say voter-approved referendums in Maine and Massachusetts should spur lawmakers to act this year.
Under state law, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is a civil violation that carries an up to $200 fine. Possessing 1 to 2 ounces could result in up to six months in jail.
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Last year, the Vermont Senate passed legislation that would have created a legal, regulated marijuana market in Vermont, but the measure was easily defeated in the House.
Proponents say they expect bills to be introduced in the House and Senate in the coming days.