Recreational marijuana is now legal in Vermont after a law signed by Gov. Phil Scott in January went into effect July 1. Vermont is the ninth state to legalize the adult use of cannabis and the first to do so in the legislature, rather than through a voter initiative.
Under the new law, known as Act 86, adults 21 and older may possess up to one ounce of cannabis or five grams of hash. They may also grow up to four immature and two mature cannabis plants. However, no sales of recreational cannabis are permitted under the new legislation.
New Law Not a ‘Sea Change’ for Vermont
Last week, Scott said he did not believe that signing the legislation will mean big changes for the state.
“I’m not sure that we’re going to see a sea change here,” Scott said. “I think a lot of what I was reacting to was what’s happening today so I’m not sure that we’re going to see anything different come Monday than we were seeing yesterday. Well, except for maybe Sunday.”
Kelsy Raap, the general manager of cultivation supply retailer Green State Grower in Burlington said that legalization was already bringing new customers into