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Vt. marijuana backers say more needs to be done than pass bill

In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. | Photo: AP Photo / Jim Mone, File.

January 09, 2018 05:03 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Proponents of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont say the state Legislature needs to do more than just remove criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of the substance.
    
The advocates spoke Tuesday, a day before the Vermont Senate is expected to give final approval to a legalization bill that Republican Phil Scott has said he would sign.
    
The legislation would legalize the adult possession of up to one ounce of marijuana while possessing two mature marijuana plants or four immature plants.
    
Proponents say lawmakers should now work to pass legislation that would regulate the production and sale or marijuana.
    
Republican State Sen. Joe Benning called the bill expected to pass Wednesday "baby steps" and people are adjusting to the idea.

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