Unlike other states, Vermont will be the first to allow cannabis via legislation as opposed to votes.
On Jan. 10, the Senate in Vermont approved a marijuana bill, which allows personal cultivation and possession of cannabis.
A day after the passage of the bill, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott publicly said he will sign the bill, the local news outlet Seven Days reported.
While Scott – a Republican – has said previously that he will sign the bill, it was the first time he was announcing his intention publicly.
“We’ll take a look at it to make sure it’s technically correct, and then I’ll sign the bill,” Scott said during an unrelated Statehouse press conference about the first report of the governor’s Opioid Coordination Council.
Scott did not commit to a public signing. “There’s a lot of diverse opinions on this,” he said. “I have my opinion. We’ll see.”
Senate Asked for Delayed Approval
The Senate passed the bill despite a request by leaders of the law enforcement community to delay its vote until the governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission issues a report due January 15.
Scott, meanwhile, said he wouldn’t necessarily wait for that.
“I’ve been briefed on the report,” he said. “I don’t think there’s going to be anything coming out of the commission report that will surprise anyone.”
Last week, Sessions sparked uproar when he rescinded an Obama-era policy, allowing U.S. states to operate legalized marijuana businesses and possession without any federal intervention.
On a federal level, marijuana continues to be an illegal drug in the United States.