vermontMONTPELIER, VT:  The Green Mountain State is hoping to get a little greener as the first state to legalize possession and cultivation of marijuana legislatively.

Currently there are eight states and the District of Columbia that are defying the Federal government’s prohibitions on legal Marijuana or what the industry now prefers to refer to as Cannabis.

Vermont’s  Governor. Phil Scott signed the bill [H511] that makes marijuana legal for adults in Vermont. The bill eliminates the civil  penalties for possession of up to ounce of Marijuana and to posses two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants for adults [21 or over], effective July 1.

Massachusetts similarly has legalized recreational use of Marijuana but like the other eight states, the impetus for legalization occurred through ballot initiatives. Connecticut does not have a ballot initiative process and neither a majority of  legislators nor Governor Dannell Malloy have indicated any willingness to support legalization of recreational use to date.

Oregon, Washington, Washington D.C., Colorado, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada have legalized recreational use. In Maine the legislature is still creating rules for retail distribution.

In New Haven State Representative. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, and Josh Elliott, D-Hamden have held events supporting legalization and Senate President Martin Looney D-New Haven proposed a legalization bill last Spring which did not get enough support to move forward.