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Emily Alfin Johnson was a senior producer for Vermont Public Radio.

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Sunday marks the first day small amounts of cannabis are legal for those 21 and older in Vermont. Here's what you need to know.

Marijuana is the term for the Cannabis plant primarily used in North America. Outside the region, most use the term Cannabis.
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When it comes to cannabis, there are a ton of terms that get thrown around in laws, in conversation and on products or advertisements.

The specifics of Act 86 aren't clear to all. We answer your questions.
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On July 1, Vermont's Act 86 makes it legal for adults 21+ to possess an ounce of marijuana and cultivate a small number of marijuana plants under state law.

Here's what could be closed by a state government shutdown, and what still being done in Montpelier to avert a shutdown.
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The current state budget funds Vermont till the end of the day June 30, and Montpelier has yet to work out a plan for next year. Here's what could happen if Vermont is forced to "shut down" July 1.

H. Brooke Paige
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If you look at the list of statewide candidates in this year's election, there's something that will definitely catch your eye: H. Brooke Paige of Washington, Vermont is listed as a Republican candidate for six different state and federal offices.

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Act 86 — allowing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana under state law — goes into effect July 1. With less than a month to go, what do you want to know about how the law will work, and what you can and cannot do?

Gov. Phil Scott signs three pieces of gun control legislation amid boos and cheers on the front steps of the statehouse Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
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In the last four days, 41 bills have become law in Vermont. Here's a breakdown of what they are, what they do and when they go into effect.

Gov. Phil Scott in April before signing three pieces of gun legislation into law. Today, he chose instead to veto legislation sent to him by the legislature.
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Gov. Phil Scott vetoed four bills Tuesday, including one that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Scott also vetoed legislation that would have created a mandatory paid family leave program in Vermont. 

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This Friday night, trumpeter, percussionist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Vega takes over as the new host of Friday Night Jazz.

To introduce you to the man behind the music, we asked Vega to share a few tracks that have played a significant role in his life and provide a peek at what he keeps on regular rotation.

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A TL;DR for the 2018 Vermont Legislative session, if you will.

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The Vermont State Police say a young man took his own life after being stopped by a state trooper in Newbury, Vermont on Wednesday morning.

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Vermont State Police continue to investigate the police shooting of a robbery suspect in Brattleboro Friday night.

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This Saturday is the 48th annual Green Up Day, when volunteers across the state collect litter from roadsides and public spaces.

Crews from New Brunswick, Canada, fixing downed power lines in Chittenden, Vt.
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Harsh winds after a weekend of slushy spring snow have left many through the state at risk of losing power Monday.

Here's the latest on conditions across our region:

18-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, enters Rutland Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon wearing handcuffs.
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An 18-year-old Poultney man, accused of plotting a thwarted school shooting earlier this year, cannot be held without bail, according to a decision by the Vermont Supreme Court Wednesday.

Gov. Phil Scott signs three pieces of gun control legislation amid boos and cheers on the front steps of the statehouse Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
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S.55, a bill that became the unexpected hot-button issue of the session so far, was signed into law Wednesday on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse.

The exterior sign of Camp Hill Prison in Pennsylvania
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State officials met Tuesday with prospective bidders looking to house out-of-state inmates. In February, the Scott administration announced plans to solicit bids for alternative housing arrangements for the over-200 Vermont inmates housed out of state at a facility in Pennsylvania.

The Roman goddess of Agriculture, Ceres, has been weathering the winter storms for over 70 years atop Vermont’s Statehouse in Montpelier. Monday, she decended (with the help of two cranes.)
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The 14-foot goddess of Agriculture was removed from the top of the Statehouse dome by crane Monday as the first step of a $2 million renovation campaign.

Lawmakers gathered in the Senate at the kickoff of the biennium in 2017. Now, lawmakers will return for a special session next week.
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A weeks-long debate in the Vermont Legislature over controversial gun legislation came to end on Friday when the Senate held a final vote on a bill known as S.55.

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