The Vermont Legislature is one step closer to decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
On Tuesday, the Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval to legislation that would make it a civil offense rather than a crime to possess one ounce or less of pot. The vote was 24-6.
The Senate version slightly amends the bill that overwhelmingly passed in the House last month, adding a new system for penalties for people under 21.
In the House and the Senate, supporters have made it clear that this bill would not legalize possession of marijuana in Vermont.