S.241, sponsored by Senator Jeanette K. White, was approved by the Vermont Senate in a 17-12 vote after a 16-13 preliminary vote. The bill now moves to the House Of Representatives for approval. If approved, the bill will then have to be signed into law by the Governor.
The bill aims to allow those who are at least 21 or older to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana. It also establishes a “possession limit”, meaning the amount of marijuana anyone who is at least 21 or older can possess at any given time is limited to one ounce.
Anyone under 21 who possesses an amount of marijuana equal to or less than the possession limit or lied about their age in order to obtain marijuana has committed a civil offense and will be enrolled in the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program. If they fail the program they will be subject to a civil penalty of $300 and their driver’s license will be suspended for 90 days. On the second offense, they will be subject to a civil penalty of $600 and their driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days.
If the person under 21 possessed more than