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Vermont will be No. 9

Vermont will become the ninth state to legalize cannabis. They will be unusual as they are the first state to pass legislation rather than succumb to the direct votes of citizens.

They are also unusual in that they legalize possession of 1 ounce or less, and allow home growing, but not sales. They totally bypass the regulation and taxation thing, leaving it for the black market to handle distribution. That approach mimics Washington DC’s which fell into it through a bureaucratic blunder, and it seems to work.

The thinking, though, is that sooner or later they will see the need for some control over the market.

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