Home of Ben Jerry’s ice cream and known for its maple syrup, Vermont seems like the perfect place to take up pot. On July 1, 2018, the state’s law legalizing recreational marijuana use officially took effect.
But before you go out and buy a quart of Cherry Garcia with a joint in your back pocket, there are some things you should know about using cannabis in the Green Mountain State.
Cannabis in Vermont
The state is unique in that it was the first in the country to legalize recreational marijuana without a ballot initiative. It was enacted by the state legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Jan. 22, 2018. Under Act 86, which took full effect July 1, 2018, adults 21 and older can legally cultivate, possess, and consume recreational marijuana.
A medical marijuana law was passed by the state legislature in 2004.
Unlike many of the other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, there is no system for sales and taxation of cannabis in the state yet. Scott created the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission with three subcommittees – including roadway safety, education and prevention, and taxation and regulation – that are charged with making research-based recommendations. In his executive order regarding the commission, Scott set a Dec. 15, 2018, deadline for the commission to provide recommendations on implementing and operating a regulatory and revenue system for an adult marijuana market.
In a letter to Vermont legislators, Scott wrote:
“I look forward to the Marijuana Advisory Commission addressing the need to develop comprehensive education, prevention and highway safety strategies. To be very direct: There must be comprehensive and convincing plans completed in these areas before I will begin to consider the wisdom of implementing a commercial