Scott to sign pot bill in private

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) He has just a few days left and Gov. Phil Scott now says he will sign the recreational pot bill into law. But he will not do that in public.

The bill allows Vermonters over the age of 21 to have an ounce of weed and to grow a few plants.

The governor has five legislative days to sign it, starting Jan. 17. Reporters asked him why he is signing the bill in private.

"There are many people on both sides of the fence that are both very happy about it and some that are very displeased, as well. I recognize that and want to respect that some don't feel this is a momentous occasion," said Scott, R-Vermont.

Once signed, the new law goes into effect July 1.

Scott will be the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums.