Montpelier, VT: Members of the House voted Wednesday to block a marijuana depenalization measure, H. 511, from further consideration this legislative session. The vote came after Senate members approved the bill, which eliminated civil and criminal penalties for the private possession and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott -- who had vetoed an earlier version of the bill in May -- had also recently expressed his support for the revised legislation.
Further action on the bill during this week's special veto session required the votes of three-quarters of the House. But only a majority voted to take action on the bill, with almost all Republican House members voting 'no.'
If enacted, the bill would have permitted adults to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and to grow up two mature plants at home.
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