Medical cannabis was already legal in Vermont, where it’s sold at medical dispensaries.
On January 22, 2018, Vermont became the first state to legalize recreational cannabis through its legislature. The law will take effect in July 2018.
It allows for the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as two mature and four immature plants. Vermont becomes the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults, but the other states did so through ballot initiatives.
The measure creates a number of new marijuana laws, including stronger penalties for selling marijuana to people under 21 or enabling their consumption of the drug. It also makes it a crime to use marijuana in a vehicle with a child present and makes the consumption of marijuana in public illegal.
Vermont’s law does not create a state marketplace for sales of the cannabis.
Instead, Vermont’s Governor has directed a cannabis advisory board to study what is needed to implement a legal marketplace in which cannabis products are taxed and regulated, with plans to report findings to the governor by Dec. 15.
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