MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gov. Phil Scott has privately signed Vermont’s recreational marijuana bill into law “with mixed emotions.”

The Republican governor’s office says Scott signed the bill Monday afternoon.

Once it takes effect on July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state in the country, along with Washington, D.C., to approve the recreational use of marijuana.

Vermont is the first state where the law was approved by the legislature. The other states and Washington authorized their laws through a vote of residents. Vermont has no legal mechanism that allows for a citizen referendum.

The law allows adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.

The bill passed both chambers of the Vermont Legislature this month.

This story has been corrected to show the governor had until 11:59 p.m. Monday to sign the bill, not that the deadline had passed.

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