The bill – which awaits the Governor’s pen – is the first of its kind in the United States.
According to the Burlington Free Press Vermont became the first state to pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana through its legislature today.
Colorado and eight other states have similarly moved to decriminalize the drug but always through state referenda or other maneuvers.
This marks the first true legislative victory for marijuana advocates in the U.S.
The bill – which passed through the Vermont House of Representatives with a 79-to-66 vote – would legalize small amounts of cannabis possession starting in 2018 and establish a taxed and regulated market for the illicit drug.
Having already passed the state’s Senate the bill is now headed for the desk of Republican Governor Phil Scott – a marijuana skeptic.
A recent poll found that 57 percent of Vermonters asked would approve of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman said that the fact the state legislature was able to push the bill through shows how in touch the governing body is with Vermont’s people.