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Vermont Senate passes marijuana retail sales bill

March 3, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given final approval to a bill to tax and regulate retail sales of marijuana.

The bill passed on Friday now goes to the House.

The Senate had passed legislation to allow retail marijuana sales in 2016 and 2017, but both bills died in the House.

Retail sales would begin sometime in 2021 if the current bill becomes law. Sales would be restricted to people 21 and older.

Vermont became the ninth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana last July when the law took effect. Adults over age 21 are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana, two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants, but the law did not set up a system to tax or regulate the production of marijuana.

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