(Vince Chandler, The Denver Post)

Marijuana legalization bill squeaks through Vermont House

MONTPELIER, Vt. — By a margin of only four votes, the Vermont House passed a bill that could legalize recreational marijuana statewide, allowing citizens to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana. The bill will now move to the Senate, where it is unlikely to be brought up for debate until next year.

The bill would make it legal for adults age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of pot, two mature plants and four immature plants. It does not create a regulatory system for legally selling and taxing pot. The measure passed by a vote of 75 to 71, following hours of debate.

This is a separate bill than the one passed in April by the Senate, which would regulate, tax and legalize small amounts of marijuana.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott has expressed reservations about moving ahead with recreational marijuana legislation.