By Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Legislature is considering two bills that put the issue of legalized marijuana back on lawmaker’s minds.

A coalition of House lawmakers is pushing for legislation that would create an above-board market for commercial cannabis sales. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that will legalize possession of marijuana in small amounts starting July 1.

The new law also allows for residents to cultivate up to two personal cannabis plants. The law retains criminal penalties for large-scale cultivation and sales.

The House Committee on Human Services also held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would create new rules for medical marijuana.

Scott has said that Vermont needs more highway safety measures in place before it moves ahead with a tax-and-regulate system for marijuana.

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