Vermont set to legalize weed. Why that’s a big deal for N.J. |

After Vermont’s governor signs the bill on his desk, it will be legal on July 1 for people in Vermont who are 21 years or older to have up to an ounce of marijuana and to grow four cannabis plants, two of which can be mature. 

The state would keep its existing penalties for possession, cultivation and sales of larger amounts.

The bill does not create a taxed and regulated commercial market like has been done in other states, including California, which started allowing marijuana sales on Jan. 1. The situation in Vermont is similar how marijuana was more at