Nearly two years after legalizing the possession of marijuana for all adults, the Vermont legislature yesterday passed a bill that will finally allow the state’s first licensed retail cannabis stores to open no later than May 1, 2022.

If Gov. Phil Scott signs the bill, Vermont’s first retail cannabis stores will open by May 1, 2022.

With a vote of 23-6, the Vermont Senate adopted S. 54, the Senate version of a bill passed last week by the House. The bill now goes to Gov. Phil Scott.

On Tuesday, Scott said he will “take a look” at the legislation when it reaches his desk before he decides what to do. His choices include signing the bill, vetoing it or allowing it to become law without his signature. Scott is widely expected to sign it.


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