MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) The question everyone wanted answered from the Governor Phil Scott Thursday -- will he follow through on his promise to sign recreational marijuana into law? And when?
Governor Scott said he is still committed to signing the pot bill, but he was not so definitive about when. He told reporters he hasn't decided about that, or whether that signing will be public.
"There's a lot of diverse opinions on this. Again, I have my opinion. We'll see. I haven't decided at this point," Scott said.
The Vermont Senate approved the House version of H. 511 on Wednesday and it was expected to take several days to make it to the governor's desk.
The bill would allow for adults to possess under an ounce of marijuana, and the growth of two mature or four immature pot plants.
A veto from the governor last year over concerns about use by minors and highway safety pushed the bill back until this session. The bill was redrafted to meet the governor's concerns. He also appointed an advisory commission to examine issues including roadway safety, tax and regulations, and health. That group is expected to release their report in the coming days.
Scott will be the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums.