Pot in Vermont: The Latest on the Recreational Legalization Front
Last year was a historical moment for both the state of Vermont and the marijuana community. Vermont became the first state to legalize marijuana with a legislative vote rather than a ballot initiative.
However, it became clear quickly that the new laws weren’t as liberal as some probably would have liked. While a good first step, there is still much ground to be covered in terms of true recreational legalization.
Keep reading to discover what’s going on with Vermont’s marijuana laws and some possible changes and what they could mean in the future.
Current Recreational Laws
Medicinal marijuana has been legalized in Vermont since 2004, but it would be another 14 years before recreational use would be legalized. In 2018, the state of Vermont passed a legislative vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This would make Vermont the first state in history to legalize recreational marijuana without a ballot initiative.
The recreational laws were a welcome social change to residents and emphasized the state’s willingness to maintain its progressiveness. When it comes to the laws for recreation, they can be broken down into two components. Use and possession for individuals, and the cultivation & sale of