Governor Phil Scott (R) signed a bill legalizing Vermont recreational recreational marijuana. Vermont is now the ninth state to legalize marijuana. Vermont wasted no time becoming the first state in 2018 to legalize cannabis recreationally and it will certainly not be the last. New Jersey’s incoming governor Phil Murphy (D) promised during his inaugural speech to oversee the legalization of marijuana in 2018 with the hopes of “ending mass incarceration.” Other states like Oklahoma and Kentucky are expected to vote on medical marijuana initiatives sometime in 2018 as well. Depending on how votes are cast, 2018 could be another huge year for progressive cannabis legislation in America.